Kate’s art practice centres on sculptural approaches, which includes three dimensional object making, digital media and images often now used in installation work. The context is essential to her working processes and materials, the work being very much linked to the ritual of process itself. The materials are often symbolic in concept or form, creating semiotic associations with the concepts and contexts she is working with.
The fundamental essence of her work stems from the fragment, or fragments, which have become synonymous with vulnerability, fragility and insecurity. This she shows in construction and deconstruction of work she has made, and she often recycles one work into another. This sense of instability and anxiety has become a daily reminder of almost any society now, but particularly when contemplating the nature of our existence, or mortality.
Themes prominent in the work show reversal and contrast, or binary oppositions, both formally and conceptually. These elements appear in the work as solid/void, physical/spiritual, concealed/revealed, exterior/interior, public/private, past/present, transparent/opaque, horizontal/vertical, death/life, growth/decay, geometric/organic.
Most of the work shows a cross cultural approach, which originated from her time teaching in Kenya, and subsequently her doctoral research into the Giriama commemorative grave posts (Vigango).
Significantly her output has included showing at the DFN Gallery, SoHo, New York, the National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and had work archived by Documenta 11, Kassell, Germany and the V & A Museum, London, along with awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Board and Arts Council England.