Katie Alleva’s mixed-media works on paper reflect her passion for unconventional printmaking. She often creates one-off pieces utilising an array of different techniques and mediums. She is currently working on prints on paper mounted onto board, to create ‘paintings’ – short descriptions of the natural environment – but is also compelled to rip, re-orient, scarify and juxtapose these descriptions, because in everything she does the imperfection and uncertainty of life is something that to her is always certain.
Katie majored in printmaking at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Soon after graduation Katie travelled to Amsterdam, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland and England visiting art galleries and museums along the way. She relocated to Greenwich in London in 1999 and spent a year working in London, Covent Garden, at the London Graphic Centre. During that time Katie exhibited in Greenwich, Hull and at Covent Garden.
Upon returning to her home town she was successful in landing a solo show at the Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery named Light Source. She won a Crow Award from the Wagga Wagga City Council, promoting young talent. Katie was later nominated by the Friends of the Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery for Young Australian of the Year, (Arts Section) in 2001.
In 2002 she moved to the Northern Rivers and completed a Bachelor of Secondary Education at Southern Cross University in 2003. After becoming a fully qualified Secondary High School Teacher in Visual Arts & Photography, Katie worked in many high schools in the Northern Rivers.