"Cat Fooks makes art from things. Things like my cake stand. But also lamps, vases, urns, side tables, and writing desks. Often they’re things she’s found left on the side of the road under signs marked FREE. Or they’ve come to her in other ways, as gifts or heirlooms. And she makes art from other artworks too, objects generated and gestated in her Onehunga studio that never graduated to the status of exhibitable art object. All of these things, these various part-objects—the constituent elements of a Fooks’ work—are brought together, collaged, messily and almost violently into finished artworks." ~ Lachlan Taylor
Cat Fooks was born in Kirikiriroa Hamilton in 1976 and completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication, majoring in Painting, at Unitec in 1999. Seventeen years later, her first solo exhibition, Pleasant St., was held at Anna Miles Gallery. In 2020 Fooks’ was one of four artists included in Objectspace's, Deadweight Loss: The Value of Making. Fooks lives and works in Onehunga, Auckland.
Photography by Sam Hartnett