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Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Katthy Cavaliere: Nest

Image: Katthy Cavaliere, Nest, 2010, Super 8 film transferred to digital video, colour, sound; 6:10min (production still by Heidrun Löhr).
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is deeply honoured to present a very special video work, Nest by Katthy Cavaliere. This touching work has been gifted to the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery by Daniel Mudie Cunningham from the Estate of Katthy Cavaliere, and forms the first piece of our digital media collection.
Katthy Cavaliere was born in Italy and raised in Australia from the age of four. Her creative output encompasses performance, installation and photography, exploring personal narratives, often by using her own collection of possessions and through her obsessive self-documentation.
Cavaliere’s parents and childhood are reoccurring subject matter for her work. The death of her mother to ovarian cancer, the same disease which ironically would claim the artist’s own life three years’ later, inspired the work Nest. The work comprises a Super 8 film and photographic documentation of the artist performing with the mound of clothing at Sydney’s Clovelly Beach, naked, except for the stocking on her head and facing off against the ocean from a rocky cliff. Clovelly Beach is a place she often visited with her mother, the clothing she uses in the nest belonged to her mother, as does the stocking she wears on her head. All of these are integral to her emblematic distillation of returning to the womb.
In writing about her work, Daniel Mudie Cunningham stated that: “In the same way the childhood objects of her early installations were connective tissue to a forgotten origin story, what her mother left behind became the raw material used to reattach the umbilical cord. All the symbolic or literal imagery of the ‘home’ that had accumulated so far in Katthy’s practice was distilled at the end in a ‘nest’ created from her mother’s clothes.”
Katthy Cavaliere: Nest will be officially launched on Friday 28 September 6pm – 8pm. The exhibition will be on display in The Channel at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 4 August until Sunday 18 November, 2018.
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