Areez Katki is a multidisciplinary artist & textile practitioner from Auckland, New Zealand. Drawing from historic and social research to produce works that address his involvement in a number of textile practises, Katki’s work focuses on the significance of materiality and processes of fabrication. A practice that remains deeply engaged with textile communities, restoring/reviving needlework techniques and harnessing the warm, grounding effects of craft.
With an Art History background, Areez began crafting a limited series of hand-knitted garments which had their debut at Miss Crabb in 2008. Since then he went on to form a practice based on textile & fibre research, focusing on craft techniques that have been matrilineally inherited. Now culminating in richly contextualised series of textile objects, they encompass an ideology that strives to maintain intimate dialogues between sources & makers in a contemporary art context.
Katki's research-led projects are currently divided between his studio in Auckland, New Zealand and his ancestral home in Mumbai, India. The latter being his current setting, where two investigative projects on Parsi craft practices and cultural research aim to explore the diaspora of the ancient Zoroastrian community that he was born into.
Each body of work aims to revive and address characteristics of heritage that have informed his work as a maker.