Kate Scardifield: The lighter a thought the more it rises

Kate Scardfield's large-scale installation, 'The lighter a thought the more it rises', is a provocation for material exploration

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CoCA is thrilled to present Australian artist Kate Scardifield with a new iteration of her extraordinary installation work 'The lighter a thought the more it rises.'

Working across a number of mediums including sculpture, assemblage, collage, installation and video, Scardifield’s practice explores soft architecture as a poetic means for reimagining the relationship between the body, site and space.

'The lighter a thought the more it rises' deconstructs textile at its heart; touching on the material’s practical uses, it’s many malleable forms and various woven structures, and it’s delicate weight which is often light enough to be lifted by the breeze. Originally developed in 2018 for the Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Scardifield has developed this new site-responsive iteration for CoCA’s expansive and architecturally significant Mair gallery including a monumental gridded wall work mimicking a patternmaker's mat, and a large-scale sculpture, part scaffold support, part tenter frame - a structure traditionally used to dry milled wool in open outdoor fields.


Kate Scardifield is an Australian artist with a research driven, interdisciplinary and experimental practice. Her work spans textiles, sculpture, installation and video. Her current projects work with cloth as a cartographic tool and explore textiles as propositional instruments for navigation, transmission and communication. Scardifield holds a PhD from the University of Sydney and is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney. She is the 2019 recipient of the Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.