September 7, 2016

This detail from my artists’ book, World Without End, ©1987, features a roughly drawn ladder with legs that stop unevenly close to the bottom edge of the page. It’s unclear if this ladder balances somehow on a surface or of it simply floats in its soft pink pearlescent background. To me the image of a ladder suggests the ability to climb up, to ascend, and in my vocabulary it has come to mean the ascension that is journey of a human life, with all of its unknowns. You can’t see what is at the top, even though you know eventually you will reach the last rung. The idea that something could exist outside of this journey, outside of time as we understand it, with no beginning and no end, continues to spark my imagination.



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.



February 3, 2016

From a drawing on a 30 x 22” sheet of paper, with a version of the text If You ©1993, which later became If I, the double accordion structure of this artists' book opens up on each side. In timeless black and white it aches with the everydayness of trying to figure things out within the limits and possibilities of ongoing human relationships. Sample of the text: If you forgot my face. If you lost your job. If you knew the truth. If you loved only red.




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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