Kate Justis an American born, Melbourne, Australia based visual artist. Just holds a Master of Arts from RMIT, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts. She will complete her studio-led PhD in Sculpture from Monash University in 2013. Just has been a Lecturer in Art at the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne since 2005.
Just has exhibited her work extensively in solo and group exhibitions across Australia including at Craft Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gertrude Contemporary, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Art Fair, Silvershot, Contemporary Art Space Tasmania, Conical, First Draft, MOP, West Space, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Daine Singer. Internationally, Just has exhibited her work at Nanjing University, Auckland Art Fair, AC Institute New York, and the Factory at Kunsthalle Krems, Austria. In 2012, a survey exhibition of Just's major knitted works was held at Ararat Regional Gallery entitledKate Just: The Knitted Work (2004-2011).
Just has also been the recipient of numerous grants and prizes. She was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award and a Monash Graduate Research Scholarship and has received three project grants from the City of Melbourne, a Creation Grant from Arts Victoria and a New Work (Midcareer) grant from the Australia Council for Arts. Just was the winner of the 2007 Siemens Travel Award, and the 2012 British Council Realise Your Dream Award. She has undertaken local residencies at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Lake Macquarie Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Australian Tapestry Workshop and international residencies at Krems (AIR) and the Australia Council Studio Barcelona.
Just will travel to London in 2013 to create public art and knitting project with artists and members of the Stitch London community. Just's work is held in numerous collections including Artbank, Ergas Collection, City of Port Phillip, Ararat Regional Art Gallery and Proclaim Management Collection. Kate Just is represented in Australia by Daine Singer.
At the age of twenty-six, I was shaken by the death of my cherished, adopted younger brother Billy. After the funeral, my mother taught me to knit. Looking back, this obsessive loop-making was a solemn tribute to the social as well as biological weaving of our family. It also operated as an act of resistance against any further unravelling. As I knitted, I repetitively felt the sadness, the silence, the clicking, the counting, the sadness, my mother’s breathing, the clicking, the closeness of her body, the sadness, the counting, the clicking, the clicking, the clicking.