November 11, 2015

The first challenge is always that the paper seems so vast and so empty. Sometimes I begin working from an actual study but more often I start with an idea of a series of layers- each layer has its own gesture and shape and has its own way of interacting with the space of the compostion. While I was working on this drawing, When the Trumpet Calls c2003, (shown here as a detail of its upper left corner) a friend came for a studio visit. We talked about my process and how it is highly intuitive. She asked me "How do you know you're not making a mistake?" This surprised me and I realized it was something I did not consciously take into consideration. So my answer was both "I don't know." and "Its not about making mistakes."















June 3, 2015

In this drawing, “Seek and You Will Find” © 2003, I used an image of a flower for the first time. For me the search is relentless but I don’t always know what I am searching  for until I find it.


Flowers were on the list of NO – don’t use these – I inherited from my formal education and early introduction to appropriate subject matter for (serious) contemporary art.


Also on the NO list this:

  • An all over, wallpaper like, composition-especially with an intertwining type of patterning

  • the color pink

  • anything overly shiny

  • materials like lace, beads, fabric 




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SECOND SIGHT is a 24 month project to revisit, reconnect, and share 30+ years of my own studio work (drawing, works on paper, artists books, installations) and featuring work, ephemera and  projects of other artists that have enriched my personal and working life over this time period.


Via weekly posts that move forward by linking some aspect of the previous post to the current one and using tags as a creative way to search the ongoing entries – Second Sight will grow into an alternative archive.


I invite you to join me at any and all points during this probably odd but hopefully compelling voyage.

Finding Connections in a Drawn World

KATE KERN  Visual Artist