Kate Rohde’s large cast–resin sculptures and furniture are positioned against her pulsating psychedelic wall treatments in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s vestibule during Magic Object. This incandescently coloured twenty-first century Wunderkammer recalls the baroque taste for ornamentation and dramatic decoration. Tables, chairs and vessels sprout animal parts and synthetic pelts adorn sculptural chimera. Selecting synthetic, rather than natural materials, Rohde questions the traditional practices of collecting natural history specimens and the power assigned to these items in traditional cabinets of curiosity. With their zoomorphic elements and wild and daring colours, Rohde’s contributions to Magic Object exude a theatricality that is both wild and hypnotic.
Kate Rohde’s zoomorphic lair extends from the Art Gallery of South Australia’s vestibule into The Studio where the immersive experience continues.