February 15, 2017

From a series of three artists’ books all titled Ohio Marriages ©1999, here is a version covered with eyes, that opens as two sides from the front. The pages are cut from photocopied and enlarged segments of a reference book in the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Cincinnati, OH) that lists details; including names, dates and places, of weddings in Ohio circa mid 1800’s. 


September 14, 2016

While working on the test drawing detail (for a larger project that became a large drawing) that I made into the pages of this artists’ book, All Seeing da Vinci Cells ©2005, I remember thinking about impermanence and about how this, the transitory nature of everything, could be oddly comforting. If nothing stays the same, everyday is different, everyday is new. Acknowledging that people, animals, plants, weather, rocks- everything- none of it is static and all of it is in the midst of some kind of process, helps me feel relief from an anxious and constricted, wrongheaded desire to control things until they are just the way I want them and then struggling to keeping them that way. 



June 16, 2015

Anything with eyes gradually became things covered in eyes. In this detail from Thy Kingdom Come, ©2005, eyes that are not human eyes appear to cover a mysterious round shape. If this shape came to life floating in our world it would exist apparently without ears, nose, mouth, arms or legs. All it could do is see. Thinking about something that is all-seeing as perhaps lacking in other abilities is interesting to me. This drawing was made for the 2005 exhibition Ideas into Objects: Reinterpreting the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.  






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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