Katrina Virgona. Photograph: Richard Woldendorp 2015
Katrina Virgona was born in Cairns, North Queensland and moved to Fiji for four years with her family when she was nine. On her return, she lived, worked and studied in various locations around Australia before finally settling in Perth in 1984. Katrina has completed two Bachelor degrees majoring in psychology (University of New England, NSW) and in visual arts (with First Class Honours from Curtin University, WA). She also has an Associate Diploma in Visual Arts Management from the Central Institute of Technology, WA.
She conducts art and textile workshops, and teaches art theory in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University. In her studio practice, Katrina creates 3D artworks and contemporary textile jewellery pieces, drawing on a diverse range of materials including wool, wire, wood, metal, fur and human hair. Many artworks are visually informed by an ongoing interest in the psychology and physicality of anthropological fetish objects. Katrina’s work has been exhibited and collected locally, nationally and internationally.