I use everyday materials to make common experiences into unexpected events - creating pieces or environments that explore feelings of displacement as a means to reconsider how we understand a place.
Built from common materials, the work looks familiar however, the altered scale and/or environment evokes a physical awkwardness and a sense of unease in the context of the pieces. Stacks of discarded boxes can become mountain ranges yet, at the same time, retain a sense of smallness. This type of shift in scale draws attention to the ways in which we use our bodies to understand an environmnet while evoking a means to reconsider what is familliar.
Unremarkable objects such as books, boxes, cars or couches are given a different significance while representing a desire to discover things that are commonly overlooked. A beat-up truck filled with cast off cardboard on its way to the recycling center reveals connections to a larger system and the urban community. Bringing peripheral objects, events or circumstances into focus allows for rediscovery of detail and understanding of objects and place.-2008
Artist Bio / CV
Kathryn Kenworth is a sculpture and installation artist who uses everyday materials to transform the ordinary in unexpected ways. Discarded objects like piles of cardboard, twigs or an old couch become landscapes and environments that are cruious and challenging at the same time. Her work often plays with scale as a way to explore experiences of displacement, while drawing attention to how we discover and understand a space.
Kathryn graduated with an MFA in sculpture from Mills College in 1999. She has since actively exhibited her work in the San Francisco Bay Area, at Southern Exposure Gallery (SF,CA); Mission 17/Michelle O’Connor Gallery (SF,CA); Santa Clara University (CA); Kala Art Institute (Berkeley CA); and most recently at Art Works Gallery (San Rafael CA) in a group show featuring artists from the Headlands Center for the Arts.
She has been an artist in residence at Sculpture Space, Utica NY (2002) and at Bundanon in New South Wales, Australia (2005) and this year (2008) at the MacDowell Colony in Peterbourgh NH. From 2003-2005 she was an affiliate artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito CA.
Additionally, she has been awarded grants from the Bay Area Video Coalition (2002) and from the Pollock-Krasner foundation, NY (2005).
Upcoming shows include Santa Rosa Junior College (October 2008) An exhibition that presents diverse approaches and materials that today's artists are using to create drawings. SOAP Gallery SF CA (November 2008) solo show, and The Lab SF CA “Drawing up a Plan for the City” (January 2009) a show that explores and or exposes a more mystic nature of architecture.