Artist

The strongest contemporary art influence that I have is Louise Bourgeois. I remember visiting New York in 1988 to take painting class at Parsons and going to the Museum of Modern Art to see her work (and Kiki Smith’s) for the first time in person. Her sculpture spoke to me on an intrinsic level; her .....

The strongest contemporary art influence that I have is Louise Bourgeois. I remember visiting New York in 1988 to take painting class at Parsons and going to the Museum of Modern Art to see her work (and Kiki Smith’s) for the first time in person. Her sculpture spoke to me on an intrinsic level; her forms simultaneously architectural and corporal. Her formalization of the emotions and thoughts that I experienced opened a world of possibilities for me.

Others that have grown on me over time are Eva Hesse and Ruth Asawa, as I settled into a love of repetition in my work with Italian patterning techniques and constructing my soft sculptures Lucy R. Lippard’s writing on Eva Hesse helped me understand the comfort of multiples.

“The wrapping and binding and layering process is also repetitive and makes the viewer relive the intensity of the making in a manner far from the abstract or didactic way in which process is used by most men. Women are always derogatorily associated with crafts, and have been conditioned towards such chores as tying, sewing, knotting, wrapping, binding, knitting, and so on. Hesse’s art transcends the cliché of “detail as women’s work” while at the same time incorporating these notions of ritual as antidote to isolation and despair. There is ritual which allows cope to fantasy, compulsive use of the body accompanied by a freeing of the mind. …Repetition can be a guard against vulnerability; a bullet-proof vest of closely knit activity can be woven against fate. Ritual and repetition are also ways of containing anger, and of fragmenting fearsome wholes.” -Lippard, Lucy. Eva Hesse. New York University, New York, 1976. Pg. 209

The artists that I have been greatly influenced by and have met or have had relationships with weather it be their teaching assistant/an educational setting are Kiki Smith and Ann Hamilton. Their versatility in making and encompassing conceptual prowess were a large presence on the art scene during the time of my art education. – Kait Rhoads, 2018

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Grand Opening: Saturday, April 28 at 8pm | Exhibition April 28- June 22