|Kate Freear "New Work
Paintings, monoprints and mixed media
April 19th June 13th, 2003
Someone once told me that I needed to focus on one medium or one theme in my work. For years I struggled to do so. To me focusing on one theme is a curse of sorts. I found that it limited me by closing off new avenues and adventures. I believe my art is an exploration of myself. Since I wear many hats, it makes sense that my creative work reflects that diversity. This exhibit is titled "New Work because I have more than one theme. The three themes included in this exhibit are the dress form, the landscape, and abstraction. I have also used many different media in this body of work, watercolor, acrylic, ink, collage, or whatever media spoke at the time.
I chose the dress form because it fascinates me! The dress form seems to speak to the condition of women in society. Most dress forms include the neck to the upper thigh, some have a metal cage from the thigh to the mid calf area. Above the neck on the dress form I own is a screw with a nut attached. There is something very eerie about this. You can read into this as much or as little as you like. My landscapes are simply my dreams. I have traveled a lot in my life, and have seen many countries. These different landscapes I have enjoyed have blended in my imagination, and have been transformed into abstractions. My abstractions are always taken from nature. It could be a shadow forming on a lawn, to a certain color in a sunset that inspires me. Abstraction is letting my subconscious take over, and react to what I am seeing.
Also on display:
Sculptures by Adam Pearson
Sculptures by Rhonda Mann
Masks by the Students of William Allen School,
created during an Artist in Residency with Susan Schwake-Larochelle