Kathryn Hart’s art reflects the human condition — all of its crags, crevices, revelations and secrets — and her belief in an endless ability to rise from the ashes.
Hart’s mixed media works seep with raw, personal history and exude a sense of loss, longing and an ultimate conviction in renewal. Hart’s current work, “Unapologetic Presence,” searches for the unswayable feminine identity and its philosophical essence amidst the influences of culture, heritage and personal experience.
Hart’s paintings are mired in matter, their power emanating from their very physical palpability and her unique way of imbuing the actual with its own transcendent mystery. Humanoid-like beings are often sculpted and sutured into a surface smeared with sensuously tactile impasto, clotted paint and found objects. Hart desanctifies the traditional plane surface with construction and deconstruction so that the work becomes an entity, embryonic and glistening, oddly elegant with vulnerability and an unapologetic presence. Rips, tears and holes in the support incorporate the surrounding environment into the very composition. Uncensored materials are exploited to their full extent, even in the natural state for Hart believes in the inherent truth and power of the raw materials.
An avid equestrian from a young age, earthy materials such as burlap, hemp and jute bring back poignant memories of time spent in the barn surrounded by horses and their unadulterated honesty. As a plastic surgeon's daughter, suturing together and ripping apart come naturally from her frequent observations of her father in the operating theater. However, Hart’s aim is not to veil the underbelly, but to reveal it.
Hart lives in Colorado.
BIO & PROFILE
An internationally award winning artist, Kathryn Hart exhibits her work primarily in New York City and throughout Europe. Her highly expressive body of work has been the subject of numerous museum, solo and group exhibitions, with recent appearances in NYC, Warsaw, Paris, Madrid, Aix-en-Provence, Zurich, Krakow, Florence, Ferrara and Bologna. Select museum exhibitions include: the Ateneo de Madrid (Museo del Prado), IDEA Space at Colorado College Arts Center, Goluchow Castle (Poland), Myslenice Museum and Cultural Center (Poland), Oceanside Museum of Art (CA), Chelsea Art Museum (NYC), the Mitchell Museum (Maryland), the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art (Las Vegas), Museo de Castello de Estense (Italy), and the Colorado History Museum.
Hart is the recipient of many international prizes and scholarships, such as the Council of Europe Scholarship (2016), the T.I.N.A. International Prize, 2016 (Sao Paolo, Brazil), the Ministries of Culture of France and Poland Scholarship (2015 and 2014), United Nations Harmony for Peace award (NYC, 2010) and. Hart is an invited juror by the United Nations and her work is archived in the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC) and the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists (CWAF, Rutgers University).