Kathryn Maxwell‘s recent installations, 3-dimensional graphic
works, and prints, examine points of intersection of science, spirituality and
art, as they help define our understanding of what it means to be human and our
relationship to the universe. Her works have been exhibited throughout the U.S as
well as numerous other countries, most recently, China. Venues include Dundee
Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland; Denver Art Museum; Detroit Institute of
Art; and the Indianapolis Art Center. She has been awarded artist residencies
in China, Greece, Scotland, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Maxwell received her MFA
from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and BA from Northwestern University,
Evanston, Illinois.She currently resides in Tempe, AZ where she is a Professor
in the School of Art at Arizona State University.
I want my paintings to speak for themselves. I look for a certain power and simplicity in my work, images that work at a gut level which also invite a wry, humorous look at life. I like to challenge bland emotions and poke fun at sacred cows.The roots of my work are in expressionism; my influences are from everywhere: a childhood in West Africa, French political posters of May 1968, Topolski’s sketchbooks, Munakata’s woodcuts. I also admire Chinese brush painting with its object of capturing a single Zen moment in a few simple brush strokes.My themes are grounded in everyday life, in my experience of life as a woman. As an artist I like to work within the traditions of art and history, at the same time to play with its icons and stretch its boundaries. My subjects are landscapes and people, animals and flowers, dancers and musicians, a celebration of life.Art for me is not only about life but a way of adding to it, exploring it. I think with my brush. I think about the marks I make. I want to blow fresh air into established ways of looking at life and constantly to redefine myself and my relationship to the traditions of art.
Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala
Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!