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Chaco Kato
Conceptual | Contemporary | Inter disciplinary | Mixed Media | Visual Art | Other - children's book illustration   (VIC)

Chaco Kato's art practice involves many genres from process-based installation to improvisational drawing and picture book making. She is probably best known for her ephemeral, open-ended, playful installations, such as large scale string constructions, or dried veggie sculpture series.Site specificity, versatility, flexibility and providing a sense of humour or joys are key issues throughout her works, which also seek ways to transform the world we live in. Her installations are very much about a creative and conceptual exchange which involves dialogues, between the artist and the space, between the artist and the materials and ultimately, between the viewer and the artist through the installation.

Kato completed Fine Art degree, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1989. She then finished her Master of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999. She is a recipient of a French government scholarship, and the Paris Cite des Arts and a studio at Gertrude Contemporary Art Space. Kato has lived in Melbourne since 1996, and has
exhibited extensively in various public/commercial spaces nationally and internationally, such as the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award in Melbourne, Esplanade in Singapore, and 3331ArtsChiyoda in Tokyo.

She is a founding member of Slow Art Collective, an Interdisciplinary artist group whose focus is on creative practices, environmental sustainability, DIY culture, and collaborative practice. SAC had participated in numbers of innovative projects/commissions such as Watershed (Moomba Festival), Shelter (McDonald Drive through, and Ian Potter Museum), Degavlas (National Institute for Experimental Arts, Object Gallery), and Kaeru project (Art Centre).
  Photos: "Melpore String Sect", collaboration with Dylan Martorell, Singapore, 2011; White Nest: 2009
Website: http://www.chacokato.com/
Email: chacokato@mac.com
Links: Slow Art Collective Website
Brunswick Project
Slow Art Collective - Mis-design YouTube
Slow Art Collective Brunswick Project YouTube
Slow Art Collective -  TS2 Project YouTube