Katya Venter: Curiouser and Curiouser


Curiouser and Curiouser is a sublime world of perfection mixed with the grotesque. Immersive in scale, it is an abject yet beautiful playground of hybridised baby-animals. The artist, Katya Venter, invites us to be Alice in Wonderland inside a large scale Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities). Lasor-cut silhouettes cast neon light on the artists’ “babies”, rendered in ink and bleach.  The perfection of the machine cut refracts on of the human hand’s splatters of ink and acid.  It conjures a new kind of steampunk futurism with a twist of neo-noir’.

-Selection written by Kate O’Hara, from her exhibition essay.

Image: Katya Venter, Insight installation component, 2020. Ink on paper and Perspex