May 5, 2017

With documentation from another April, my artists’ book Green April ©1998 started as the chapter I made for a collaborative artists’ book project, APRIL 1996. Organized as an edition of 12 by Caryl Herfort, of LaLaLa Press, (Austin Texas) who made wonderful house-shaped boxes to contain 12 chapters, each with one page per month, from participants: Christopher Bruhn, Coco Gordon, Thomas Grace, Caryl Herfort, Adrianne Herman, Claudia Putz, Larry B. Thomas and me. To make Green April I created a  list of botanic terms (from a botanical dictionary)  that referenced human organs, characteristics or body parts and combined a selected term with a journal entry for each day (small concise observations of daily household life/interactions with weather, family and work) against digital...

July 27, 2016

To create the text for this artists’ book, Her Time © 2009, I collected statements beginning with she, her, he and him from the biographical entries in a circa 1950 encyclopedia set and then replaced the pronouns he and him with she and her. The statements were edited for brevity and arranged to form a repeating arc of life and death, all beginning with She or Her. The title comes from the final line of text: She was among the most distinguished figures of her time. and is most appropriate today following the historic nomination of the first female US presidential candidate from a major political party.  

    

March 16, 2016


 As you’re reading this it may sound as if I always know exactly what I am doing, what it means, how it connects to past work, what future it leads to.....When  the opposite is true.

I don’t know and making the work while not knowing seems to be important to the process.

Looking back on  this artists' book,  Beauty and Sadness Vol II, ©1987, two categories of images float –across 4 panels. Above a gold outlined elephant ear leaf turns to a new position as it hovers over a series of rosy colored furniture pieces- not unlike a halo .

 

 

 

 

January 6, 2016


While looking forward to see the oncoming new year and glancing backwards at the old year receding, here is a detail from my artists’ book Janus ©1999. It features a series of 2 headed creatures- heads and shoulders only- drawn with ink and a brush over a pencil drawing on grey toned Arches paper, alternating with a black and white series of drawings of coiling and uncoiling worm like patterns on white Arches. I used the accordion structure as well as the imagery that continues in alternation across its surface to enhance and reflect on what it means to experience time. A day passes, a month, a year- we live in this pattern that repeats but is not exactly the same. In this pattern of beginnings and endings, often the transitions are too transitory for us to notice but s...

December 31, 2015


So far winter here has shown us but a little of its range of extreme seasonal transformation. Still, I prefer to welcome its relative dark and cold, as it is the only path to the delights of spring. Here is a detail of my drawing, Goodbye Old Year ©1999, which features an elongated figure 8 shape with the months of the year. Extending from each month are goodbye phrases, written in cursive with pen and ink.

Some samples:

Goodbye to your moonlight in a rectangle on the floor through the high moon window.

Goodbye to your shortest day.

Goodbye to letters we sent and to those we thought about sending.  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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