Kate Bergin's works revel in the unusual, the precarious and the unexpected. Far from 'still', these paintings quiver with movement, laughter and life. It is impossible to ignore their vitality. Animals poised to leap from the canvas, birds to take flight; compositions on the brink of collapse. Bergin’s work, intoxicating and absurd, captures the mundane and the exotic in virtuosic detail.
Drawing inspiration from 17th century Dutch and Spanish still life painting as well as Australia’s own John Brack, her sublime and surreal table-top variants are evocative of a journey towards meaning through the squawking and rummaging distractions of our daily existence. These anthropomorphisms capture an essential harmony between a savage nature and contemporary culture. Transcendent, resilient and free-spirited; an expedition through the absurd.