April 21, 2017

It took a long time before I was able to make drawings like these that play with imagined objects in the two-dimensional space of a drawing. My training and practice in drawing from observation got in the way, merging with the bossy part of my brain that always thinks it is right. Gradually I’ve been able to calm this part down and allow it to work together with the non-verbal brain that makes intuitive connections, quietly and persistently suggesting something deeper. In this 3-paneled drawing, Whole, (©1992) the gestural strokes of the figure 8 shape combine with an imagined middle, taking on a solid hour glass like shape, to create versions of a completed shape, or whole. 



October 5, 2016

Occasionally an idea comes to me fully formed, but usually- as with this drawing, Remain c1999, and its companion Under- I start by following a gut feeling, bringing a single image to life and then listening to what it wants to do. Allowing this to happen means disarming the know-it-all verbal side of my brain and/or waiting to see what it says NO to and then going there.  



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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