Vol 30, No. 2-3 (2015-2016): Women and Water


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Kate Brown, “The Meeting,” 2014, 8" x 10", acrylic on canvas.

Kate Brown grew up in the Village of Clarkson, Ontario. She earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts In New York and now divides her time between her Creative Reserve Studio at Lilac Hill in Huntsville, Ontario and New York City. <www.KateBrownArt.com>.

Artist statement: Four years ago when I began to work in my forest studio, like a character from a fairy tale wandering into the woods, I entered into the unknown. After more than twenty years working on large installation pieces which you can see and read about at www.KateBrownArt. com, I set about to return to abstract painting with the knowledge that I had gained from installations. I began to make tiny clay tear catchers like the ones I had seen in theTibilisi museum in Georgia many years before. These are small vessels designed to capture the tears of a lover as a relic of their being. In fairy tales, tears are also the catalyst for the miraculous — at the touch of tear, still things move, dead creatures awaken, new things are created. My journey had begun. I started to think alot about drops and the word ‘drop’ and how it is used — how drops use gravity and how women use gravity to give birth. Today, when a new cd is launched they say it is ‘dropped’ — the creation has been born. These thoughts then stirred fond memories of being a little girl feeding injured birds with an eye dropper, and then ... the Drop Paintings began.