Libby Edwards Galleries & Art Consultancy

Katie Edwards McCubbin

Katie's art practice explores the human condition in relation to nature and the enduring, yet, ephemeral cycle of life and death. Her work begins with journal drawings, many of which become studies for larger scale oil paintings, and arranged around such topics as anatomy, self-portraiture, botany, wilderness and anthropomorphism. Antiquity and ancient cultures inspire her work, particularly alchemy and mytho-poetic ideas.


"Recently my art practice has explored the connection between science and art; by tracing the lives of historical women of botany, (empress Josephine Bonaparte who collected Australian exotica), including colonial-era Australian botanist Georgiana Molloy and Olive Pink, who worked with indigenous people to help identify botanical plants and herbs, their discoveries often recorded via journal drawings. My artworks revolve around journaling, pages from my journals describe my relationship to nature and ‘the other’, what is felt, a psychic space, that cannot easily be put into words."



Exhibitions & Events:

2022:  "Feminisms 1974-2022" Group show, George Paton gallery, Melbourne

2016 - to present, Guest Curator, Mission To Seafarers, ANL Maritime Art Prize

2019, Group Summer Show, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne

2018 (Jan 17- 3 Feb): Solo exhibition, “Feminam Plantarum” Rubicon Ari gallery, Melbourne

2017: Group show, FRANFEST poster exhibition, Ace Open Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide

2017, Group show, 550 Swan St Gallery

2015-2017, Womens Art Register, committee member

2015: International Conference of The Image, University of Berkeley, San Francisco, Presentation of Masters Research Project “Body of Water”

2015: F-Word What is Feminism? Group show, George Paton gallery, Melbourne

2015: Masters Completion Seminar presentation, Founders Gallery, Elizabeth Murdoch Building

2015: Solo show, “Body of Water”, Brightspace gallery, Melbourne

2014: VCA Travel Grant for Rome field research trip & Rome Art Program residency

2011: Carnival, Jinks Creek Gallery, Gippsland, Victoria

2010: Finalist Brunswick Street Gallery Works On Paper Prize 



2015: Completed Master of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts

2013: Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award Research (APA), Master of Fine Arts by Research, Victorian College of the Arts

2001: Bachelor of Design degree (First class Honours), Exhibition/Interior Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne

winner of Design Award for honours thesis