Installation view, Chronophobia: c3 Contemporary Art Space, 2017. Image Courtesy: Vivian Smith

Katie Paine is a Narm/ Melbourne-based artist, writer and curator who works with installation, video, collage, drawing and text. Having completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2013 at RMIT, Paine explores historicity and the archive through the creation of complex fictions. Paine explores the way that events are documented and integrated into our collective understanding of history. The term Chronophobia is defined as a fear of time: in her practice Paine explores the act of making as an act of recovery- creating new images and texts as a way of creating points of stasis. 

Using writing as a mode of artistic practice alongside criticism, Paine has written for institutions such as Next Wave, Bus Projects, Nicholas Projects, Art Kollectiv, Art Almanac and Art and Australia.

Currently completing her Masters in Art Curatorship at Melbourne University, Paine combines research and studio practices to explore the slippery relationship between practicing art and curating. Katie Paine is interested in nurturing accessible professional development for emerging artists and facilitating sustainable multidisciplinary creative networks: Paine also works as c3 Contemporary Art Space’s gallery manager.

Katie is the co-founder of *dumb brun(ette), in collaboration with artist Diego Ramriez. *dumb brun(ette) is a discursive online platform dedicated to generating discussion around artistic research. Its main output is a series of interviews, fictions, essays and reviews which seek to make visible the paths that practitioners undertake as they navigate the contemporary art world. They document the relationship between: artists and their work; the history of ideas; exhibition spaces; and lived experience.  

You can find contact her at, or find her on Instagram,  documenting her ongoing practice as @dreamsofspeaking.

Katie would like to acknowledge that the land that she works on is unceded, and acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which she works, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.