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I am so excited to be the featured artist in Providence Monthly! It is an honor. Amanda was an amazing interviewer, helping me feel comfortable for my first interview as a professional artist. She is a great writer as well, capturing my art and passion beautifully. The free edition is available all over town and on line forever. Yay!
Finding Trippy Beauty in Simplicity
Kate Wilson’s playful photographs turn everyday objects into kaleidoscopic works of art
Each of Kate Wilson’s photographs contains a mystery to unravel. What initially look like abstract, colorful photo-realist prints are in fact close-ups of common, everyday items: flower buds, water bottles, wires, silverware, matches, taillights, insects – images Kate captures and plays with using software until they become unique artwork. The beholder can try to figure out which object is being depicted, or wonder how a series of irregular globes and intersecting lines could possibly be a bottle of Aquafina.
Kate’s work has been described as “Georgia O’Keefe meets Rorschach”: a comparison the Cranston-based artist finds flattering, since O’Keefe is one of her idols. As a child, her mother would bring her to the impressionist rooms at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where she loved to “get super close and notice all the colors in one brush stroke and think about how many years ago that person made that choice to put it there – then to step back and see that this seemingly insignificant stroke is really important and integral to a large piece.”
Kate’s art education, less extensive than other professional artists, consists of some childhood art classes, RISD pre-college, and later the graphic design program through RISD Continuing Education. As a schoolteacher and mother to a young family, she never expected to start a professional art career at age 44, but did know that she never wanted to be “the elementary schoolteacher ready to retire.” She looked into interior design but opted to take graphic design classes at RISD instead, where she “learned so much” and which laid the groundwork for her artistic career in many respects. She ran her own design firm for a few years, and people began noticing the quality of her photographic work.
“They said, ‘You gotta move on this.’ So I thought, I really love what I’m doing and playing with here – why not? Let’s see what happens.”
“When I’m with my camera, everything else just disappears,” she says. “Spending an hour with one blossom may sound crazy, but to see it from different sides in different lighting and really get to know it – that joy is what I can’t get enough of and wanted to share.” In a tough, often negative world, it’s almost Kate’s political stance: “There’s joy all around us. Look! Slow down, be curious and just be.”
Sometimes, Kate will hide tiny words inside her images; viewers can hunt for “Hope” or “Love” or “Create” inside the picture, adding a game and making the art interactive.
Her first solo exhibit, Twisting Reality, featured 26 pieces at Sprout RI on Valley Street through early July, and she will appear in their next two group shows. She was a stop on PVDFest’s Valley Arts District Maker Tour, won an award for a piece displayed at the VETS Auditorium, and has two pieces at the Providence Center for Photographic Arts through August 11.
As I drift back down from cloud 9, life here on Earth looks so rosy! This experience has taught me so much, and I am ever changed by the wonderful reaction to my art from every direction. I am excited to keep creating and look forward to my next adventures as a professional artist! Stay tuned...
June 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Solo Exhibition, final week
Ok, I am finally beginning to float back down to Earth. I had no idea all that went into a first solo exhibition. I learned so much!
I have met and am meeting many beautiful art lovers. As you can see from this close-up, I have taken to hiding positive words within my works. I love to celebrate the world I see through my art. In essence, I play. By hiding sweet treasures for curious viewers, you too have an opportunity to play!
I am having so much fun each time I witness others being present with my work, either seeking and finding, trying to figure out what my subjects are, or just communing with my choice of color, layout, design, and colors.
Honestly, the response to my work feels amazing! I love what I do and am so excited for the future and where it will take me and my artistic process.
Thank you to my lovely hosts, Sprout Gallery within Sprout Coworking! I am humbled and honored and motivated by your generosity and excellent wall space. I streched myself as an artist in preparation and am over the moon with my exhibition. I look forward to participating on coming groups shows for July and August!
Thank you to Gallery Night Providence for your lovely bus full of art appreciators. I enjoyed sharing my work and my world with you all. Thank you also, Gallery Night, for asking me to be a celebrity tour guide for July! I can't wait.
Thank you to PVDFest 2017, for making me stop number 1 on your fantastic Maker Tour through the Valley Arts District. My teacher skills came in handy when sharing my process through a little hands-on adventure!
Finally, thank you, my supportive friends and family, who are the best cheerleaders anyone can hope for!
...be on the lookout for the Artist Feature in the August Edition of Providence Monthly.....!
May 05, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Last night was a dream come true. This is my very first invitation into a juried art exhibition and yahooooooo!!! 💃🏻💃🏻Thank you Art League Rhode Island for putting on such a wonderful opening reception. Thank you Anthony Tomaselli for being my very first award-giver-outer! I met so many beautiful artists and art lovers last night. I am so happy and proud to be part of the culture of Little Rhody. Thank you all for your kind and supportive words! I feel so excited and proud and happy. Yay! I am on my way!!!
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