Kath Fries is an artist based in Sydney. She graduated from College of Fine Arts, UNSW with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours in 2002 and from Sydney College of the Arts with a Master of Visual Arts in 2010. Fries is currently completing her PhD candidature at Sydney College of the Arts. Her practice engages direct empathetic and sensory entanglements with the complexities of our surroundings. Responding to the flux and flow of matter, Fries generates embodied art processes and narratives about tension, interconnection and instability. Her tactile sculptures conjure attentive relationships between the contextual and the personal, situational immediacy and ecological systems, present time and layered histories. Select awards include North Sydney Art Prize Sculpture Award 2017; Australian Post-Graduate Award 2014-2017; Early Career International Project Grant, Ian Potter Cultural Trust 2015; NSW Artists' Grant 2012; Artstart Grant Australia Council 2011; Japan Foundation New Artist Award 2010. Fries has recently presented her work in Governance at Old Government House, Parramatta NSW (2017); Encountering Materiality at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (2016); Future Stratigraphy at SCA Galleries, Rozelle NSW (2016); The 64th Blake Prize at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW (2016); Silence Awareness Existence at Arteles Creative Centre in Finland (2015); Accreation at Verge Gallery, Darlington NSW (2015); Decant at Fairfield Museum, NSW (2014); Reinvention at Banco do Brasil Concept Branch, Manhattan, USA (2013); Making Ground at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre NSW (2013); and Mapping Memory at Willoughby Incinerator Art Space NSW (2013). Fries is also a board member of Viscopy; director of the Gunyah artists-in-residence program; chair and founder of the John Fries Award; and a sessional lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts.