July 13, 2016


In this detail from my drawing Letter Sampler: X and Little Blue Eyes ©2000, the objects of our gaze – look back at us. Each of these two ambiguous grey pink objects, shaped a bit like clam shells or Madeleine cookies, are covered with rows of opened blue eyes.     

December 3, 2015

After placing eyes as a texture on a number of ambiguous floating fleshy objects in my drawing series Seen and Unseen, I could not resist adding a corresponding texture of ears on the top half of the hourglass shape in this drawing Look and Listen ©2003, now in the collection of the Akron Art Museum.















September 30, 2015

In this detail from the Eye drawer in my ongoing installation, “Guest Guide Book”, a wooden 60 drawer card catalog cabinet: bobcat eyes (photo taken at Cincinnati zoo) overlap human eyes (from the Unidentified file in the Milford Ohio Historical Society), Creating animal eyes and human eyes at the same time, all looking out, looking back at you, with certain intelligence but uncertain intent  












July 22, 2015

The feeling of being in the presence of something else that is living but not a human being- it could be a rain storm or it could be the Asian lilies as their large flower buds ripen, finally open and releasing a fragrance that follows you around your yard

This image of this study for a larger drawing has the title A cure for plant blindness.

Not referring to plants having no eyes but to the fact that in our human world we mostly ignore plants- and so are blind to their presence.


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.  






June 10, 2015

Another of the unwritten rules was NO to “anything with eyes on it”. Identifying and reacting to this limit has been useful and fruitful for me. Here in a detail from my series of Twilight drawings from 1997 (unrelated to the popular movie and fiction series)- eyes are part of a flower form inspired by a pansy that appears to be growing or attached to a human hand covered in an unexplained texture- feathers? Bark?  






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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