September 28, 2016

It takes courage to let what wants to emerge- do so without consciously or unconsciously steering it into something that is easier to talk about, easier to acknowledge, something that grabs attention but stays on the surface without getting too close to the raw fleshy core. This is what I was thinking about while cutting out the sharp edged black and white fabric pieces (intuitively, much as I would create a drawing) that gradually became Struggle for Voice (©1985). A white suspended horizontal ladder floats in front of a 8 x 10’ hand sewn layered fabric piece, while black vinyl arrow shaped leaves on 10” black stems cluster in one corner, pulling it down and spilling onto the floor. Using the materials and processes of fabric, bringing them out of my functional skill set as...

June 15, 2016

When the limitations of this world seem too restrictive and every perceived way forward seems lorded over by an unsympathetic outside gatekeeper, you may need to make your own world. This is what I think about now looking back at my piece, Small Beaded World. While I was making it (around 1984), I was interested in the aesthetic/technical aspects: making a round shape by cutting and hand sewing together flat pieces of fabric; selecting just the right color of transparent glass bugle beads; determining how densely to attach them on the surface and how satisfying the beads would feel as a texture as you held it. As I made it I thought about making it wearable so the wearer could stay “I’ve got the world on my shoulder”. I also thought about making a much larger version, design...

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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