Art

Katrina Stamatopoulos

Original Artist

Putting things in perspective

Based in Sydney, Katrina Stamatopoulos's work crosses over between photomedia, film and video. In 2011, while studying a Bacherlor of Find Arts at COFA, Katrina won both the Dinosaur Designs Prize and the Australian Centre for Photography Scholarship Award. Having been involved in a number of group exhibitions Katrina held her first solo exhibtion In Vitro earlier this year in Sydney and Melbourne.

Katrina is also a classicaly trained violinist and performed with Seekae at the Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Live in 2012.

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“I like to look and watch and I spend a lot of time doing so. This can definitely be where inspiration comes from.”

 

"It’s located at Kings Cross looking up towards the fitness first. I was mesmerised walking home from the train station and would often stop and gaze."

Interview with Katrina Stamatopoulos
Interview with Katrina Stamatopoulos
Curator Claire Monneraye said of your In Vitro exhibition “Katrina Stamatopoulos observes the others, wryly capturing an essence of ordinariness.” Is this where you find your inspiration?

I like to look and watch and I spend a lot of time doing so. This can definitely be where inspiration comes from. From moments within my observations, moments that surprise me and make me questions something, someone. Moments that don’t sit right with me, shake me up or turn me on. I always like to feel something different. Sometimes I go out seeking for it and sometimes it happens unexpectedly.

The piece Graphs from Perspectives is totally hypnotic. Can you talk us through this video?

It’s located at Kings Cross looking up towards the fitness first. I was mesmerised walking home from the train station and would often stop and gaze.

I shot some of the footage last year when I was working on the photographs for In Vitro and was particularly drawn to watching people in moments of concentration, physically working towards some sort of goal.  For me this video explores people’s movements as a collective, where individual distinctions are blurred and a group effort is formed, working towards something unknown.

You won the 2011 Australian Centre of Photography Scholarship Award and the COFA Dinosaur Designs Prize. What impact have these two awards had on your career?

They gave me a bit of confidence in what I was doing.  It felt rewarding to be responded to. The Dinosaur Designs prize also funded the majority of my gear for Super 8 film making which was tops.

Have you always been interested in the use of photo and digital media in your practice?

I grew up playing the violin so I guess that has always been my outlet. Photography and digital media came later on although I have always spent lots of time looking.

Finally, what does originality mean to you?

Originality to me means something that you identify with so closely that you feel it is yours.

 

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Credits

Articl by Hannah Wolff for Stoli Australia

Photography by Katrina Stamatopoulos

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