Kate Elder was born in Wellington. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in sculpture at Dunedin School of Art (2001), and then went on to study cabinetmaking in Spain. She spent a number of years working with furniture, before returning her focus to art - using the skills and knowledge she had acquired over this period to refine her practice.
Kate has works in private collections in New Zealand and internationally, and currently lives in Dunedin.
"My work generally deals with the idea of landscapes: the preoccupation we have for controlling our environments, and what happens when our natural and constructed worlds collide.
Working in 3D, I’m conscious of the role that the viewer can play in ‘animating’ an artwork. A viewer moving around a work can experience the dynamic quality of a sculpture, appreciating the changes that can occur from different viewpoints, and gradually making sense of the work through this movement."