Reception with the Artist: Friday, April 21, 5-7 PM
Exhibition Dates: April 21-May 4, 2023
KAY CONTEMPORARY ART announces an exhibition of new paintings by Kate Rivers.
Kate Rivers, an avid reader and lover of books, constructs her unique collages by combining book spines and found ephemera into various patterns and abstractions. She works with color and texture creating large wall pieces sewn together with metallic thread on an industrial sewing machine and mounts them on to canvas. Her newest body of work references land and cityscapes. The artist draws inspiration from the high desert and mountain vistas near her home in Santa Fe, NM, as well as cityscapes from New York, Chicago and London. One becomes lost in the colorful book titles that mimic the vibrant signs of Time Square or the deconstructed maps that fill the skyline of an expansive desert.
“I feel like a voyeur looking into the lives of others long past and reflecting on those lives.”
The artist restores that which may have been forgotten and/or discarded that may stir memories. Impermanence and time passed, the artist often reflects on lives that touched these books and cultural ephemera and explores new connections. “The stories we read and the stories we hear; these stories make up the vision of who we are and how we relate to others.” The act of construction and deconstruction engages a dialogue between the artist and the work being created, ultimately encouraging the viewer to piece together a new story.
Rivers’ evocative work forces the viewer to slow down the fast and fleeting world if for just a bit; asking us to remember who we are and demands closer inspection to look at what matters in our lives, as we weave new threads of interconnectedness with all that is.