January 20, 2017

With its fan structure (giving the impression of solidity when fully open and at the same time existing in the fragments of its separate spokes), glossy deep blue palette, and snowy scene of a central but distorted frame house in the midst of bare branched trees, Mercy Snow House ©1996, is about the inevitability of loss. The fan shape and its possibilities interest me. I looked at examples of advertising fans – popular as a promotional giveaway items before air conditioning was common. In my piece, the word mercy is used instead of the name of a product, business or candidate.



August 31, 2016

Something about being able to see the horizon stretching out, apparently without end; could be while driving across the flat part of Ohio or (as is the case here) gazing out across the ocean, things slow down and the static voice in my mind shuts up. Looking out and all around, I can feel connected to and engaged by this larger whole in a way that is peaceful but not passive.

This detail comes from a series of drawings using a fan structure ©1996.



August 10, 2016

The palette of greenish sepia, yellow, black and white together with the elongated dust storm/cloud/smoke like shapes on 8 arms/spokes that make up the fan structure of my artists’ book August B Fan, reference the heat and dryness that are typical for us at this time of year. Gold also appears in recognition of August’s Roman namesake Julius Caesar. In addition to the language play detailed in my last post, this piece demonstrates a concern with a declining honey bee population (most of the bees are white and all are at the apex of the slightly ominous twisting smoke shapes), once termed Colony Collapse Disorder, which has accelerated since 1999 when the book was made .  


August 3, 2016

From the list of be words in my grandmother’s 1925 New Universal Self-Pronouncing Dictionary, which in itself is a richly descriptive found poem of words we do not often use in our contemporary speech (small sample: becloud, bedevil, bedim, bemoan, beshrew, besot, betwixt),  I selected 8 for my fan shaped artists’ book August B Fan ©1999. Each prefix be is replaced with a drawing of a bee. It is meant to be read aloud: become, behalf, befall, belong, bewail (detail shown here), behold, belove, begone .  


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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