Katja Abbott is an artist working in many media of which DAOR has exhibited ceramic sculpture and mixed media works on canvas. Her anthropomorphic animals and playful titles merge her imaginary worlds with the real threat of ecological impact of wilderness loss on humans and animals alike, creating a magical universe in which the two understand their interconnectedness. Her subject matter draws from the dream states and the surreal they represent. The bridge she builds between humans and animals evoke a place where they thrive in tandem, interacting with one another in colourful dreamscapes, and creating a new world where they happily coexist. Abbott’s work has been exhibited at DAOR Contemporary on group exhibitions Autumn 2021, Winter 2021, and three-artist show play play with Porterville neighbours Carin Dorrington and JP Meyer.
Selected group exhibitions
Kalk Bay Modern Online Exhibition
RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel, She
Kalk Bay Modern Sculpture & Ceramics Exhibition
RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel, What on Earth
IS Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, Hamba Kahle 2020
Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville, BIRDS
Finalist Tollman, Bouchard and Finlayson Art Award, Hermanus.
Fynarts Ceramic Exhibition, Hermanus.
Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg.
Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Connected by Fire.
IS Art Gallery Stellenbosch, Group Exhibition
FynArts Ceramic Exhibition, Hermanus.
Wildekrans, Houhoek, Open Gardens Spring Exhibition
Katja Abbott – Artist Biography
After studying graphic design and working as a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and editor for many years, I am currently completing a Visual Arts degree through UNISA. The primary source of inspiration for my work is the imagery that emerges from the realm of dreams and the subconscious. My art practice allows for the unpremeditated emergence of forms and imaginary worlds that lie below the surface of everyday reality.
I am concerned with the effect that the loss of wild wilderness spaces has on the wellbeing of both humans and animals. I explore this disconnect from wilderness, wildness and our instinctual intuitive nature using a variety of mediums including clay, textiles and mixed media. I live in Porterville, a small town at the base of the Olifant’s River mountains on the West Coast.