My work is an invitation into the layered experience of temporal beauty, memory, and loss that makes up everyday human life. It is inspired by an exploration of the seen and unseen and a searching for the divine in daily living expressed by contradictory measures of playfulness, compulsion, jubilance, and sorrow.
I am inspired by this rich layering of human experience to create interdisciplinary pieces that greet you with the human eyes on a mysterious blue butterfly, offer you a solitary journey through a dark night of a remembered home, and guide you through an archway of second sight into a cerulean toned world of surprise and contradiction.
Kate Kern is an interdisciplinary visual artist who creates installations that combine drawing, artists' books and stop motion animations. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she received a BFA from the University of Dayton and an MFA in Drawing from the University of Cincinnati. Her recent solo exhibition, Calling, at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati, OH) featured her first stop-motion animation, The Night is Dark and the House is Dark, projected within an immersive installation.
Kern has been the recipient of grants from the City of Cincinnati, the Ohio Arts Council, Arts Midwest and Summerfair. She was a finalist in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s inaugural 4th Floor Biennial Award for Contemporary Art. Her work was included in the exhibition in print, International Drawing Annual 6, published by Manifest Drawing and Research Center. She was artist in residence in 2017 at the International School of Beijing; Beijing, China and a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA in 2011. Her etching B Leaf in Heaven is part of the Clay Street Press, Cincinnati Portfolio IV, published in 2013. Her work can be found in collections including: The Akron Art Museum, The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Getty Research Institute, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Franklin Furnace /MOMA Artist Book Collection, MOMA library, and the Artists’ Book Collections of Carnegie Mellon University, University of Cincinnati, Brown University, and others.