Kate Tupper is a thirty-six year old Nakusp based sculpture artist, welder/fabricator, and mother of two teenage boys. A graduate of Selkirk College’s ‘C’ level welding program, the following years working in trades have given her a firsthand view of traditional uses of materials. A lifelong love of craft influences her method, texture, and composition. Starting in 2008, Kate has shown her work in galleries across the Kootenays, and was the recipient of the Artistic Merit Award at Castlegar’s Sculpture Walk 2012, for Full Metal Basket, a piece that was a turning point for her work, taking it from safe useable sculpture to woven, abstract and emotionally-referenced forms. And again for All Strings Attached 2016

 

After finishing trades school, Kate spent several years as a maintenance welder in the logging industry and several more in the event production industry as a Mixed Media and Entertainment Coordinator. In November of 2012, she started work as a welder on the adventure of a lifetime, constructing the new Upper Arrow Lakes ferry with Waterbridge Steel. Located on Highway 23 between Revelstoke and Nakusp, the 26 million dollar ferry project started service in May of 2014.

This fall, winter and spring summer so many projects a juggling act for Kate between fabricating Looking Aft; the 14’ stainless steel sculpture designed for the Columbia to be installed in April 2017. Teaching Design Through Process at the local Highschool. Pulling together another Art Party and building a Sculpturewalk entry. Supervising the site art team at Shambhala Music Festival. Building a B.C. Arts Council project Heavenly Bodies A.K.A. MAF Unit 0 and bringing it to Revelstoke's new Luna Public Arts Festival.  On top of the regular welding that pops up in a rural welding shop. It’s been a busy little studio.

Kate is excited to instal her latest sculpture Moments Later at Castlegar Sculpture walk for the 2017-2018 season starting mid May. All Strings Attached, Kate’s entry from 2016 has been transported to and leased for a year by the city of Nelson for display. Construction on this years piece started in the fall of 2016 with the sheet metal details. Kate retuned to Moments Later as spring broke into the Kootenays. It is a sculpture that explores themes surrounding the immediate future, it’s potential for fruition, the moment when everything changes, floating, and melting.  

 

Kate Tupper in her Nakusp metal studio Photo credit: Jessica Grey

Kate Tupper in her Nakusp metal studio

Photo credit: Jessica Grey