By Katherine Gailer
Originally from Colombia and currently working in Australia, Katherine Gailer creates
imaginary landscapes exploring characters, our natural environment, cultural identity and
spaces of magical realism. She graduated with honours from a Bachelor of Fine Arts and
completed an Arts Management Masters Degree– both at RMIT University. Her Practice
incorporates oil painting, murals and illustration.
Gailer’s artistic expression underscores a main theme that looks at the complex relationship
between fragility and strength, vulnerability and empowerment. Her artworks can be
interpreted as a series of confronting tensions to articulate the essence of the Feminine as a
force of relatedness in our world today.
History of the western world reveals an intentional repression of the feminine viewpoint –
leading to a dramatic disconnection to nature and our roots in something larger than
ourselves. My work embarks on a journey towards reclaiming the feminine powers, as they
exist in the shadows, while resonating with the ever-changing flux of women experience:
Explosive, mysterious and interconnected.
My art evokes a sense of strength coupled with fragility; A delicate balance essential to all
living organisms. It celebrates resilience and liberation and clamours for an urgent need to
restore the invisible fabric that weaves together humans and nature; while treasuring
narratives in which new contemporary female identities reconnect with our natural
Recent awards include 2018 People’s Choice Award at Corangamarah Art Prize, 2018
Packer’s Art Prize (Red Rock Regional Gallery, Victoria) and 2017 ROI Art Prize (Melbourne).