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Exhibition Detail
"This Sharp World...." Kate Kretz solo exhibition
Curated by: Rochi Llanza


April 14th, 2012 - July 2nd, 2012
 
The Final Word, Kate KretzKate Kretz, The Final Word,
2012, embroidery (French knots) on black velvet, 20 x 16"
© Kate Kretz
The Final Word (detail), Kate KretzKate Kretz, The Final Word (detail),
2012, embroidery (French knots) on black velvet, 20 x 16"
© Kate Kretz
Deluge , Kate KretzKate Kretz, Deluge ,
2012, silverpoint on found silver ladle, 13 x 3 x 3.5"
© Kate Kretz
Deluge (detail), Kate KretzKate Kretz, Deluge (detail),
2012, silverpoint on found object, 13 x 3 x 3.5"
© Kate Kretz
Your Fragility..., Kate KretzKate Kretz, Your Fragility...,
2010, mother's hair from gestation period embroidered on child's garment, velvet, , 14 x 15"
© Kate Kretz
"Heart Center" , Kate KretzKate Kretz, "Heart Center" ,
2009, hand dyed velvet, standard & 3D embroidery, batting, taffeta, convex glass, frame, 21" round
© Kate Kretz
"Heart Center" (detail), Kate KretzKate Kretz, "Heart Center" (detail),
2009, hand dyed velvet, standard & 3D embroidery, batting, taffeta, convex glass, frame, 21" round
© Kate Kretz
Decades of Dreaming of You..., Kate KretzKate Kretz, Decades of Dreaming of You...,
2012, hair embroidery on mother's hair from gestation period, threads from unraveled pillowcase, 3 x 5 x 5"
© Kate Kretz
Oubliette II, Kate KretzKate Kretz, Oubliette II,
2008, human hair embroidery on found linen doily, hand-dyed velvet, convex glass, frame, 13 x 13"
© Kate Kretz
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Kretz lived and worked in Miami for ten years, teaching many of the area’s artists during her tenure at FIU.  This solo show of recent work includes silverpoint drawings on found objects, human hair embroideries, and other unconventional embroideries and mixed media pieces that have been described most frequently as “emotionally raw”.

Kretz's hair embroideries were featured in the "Pricked: Extreme Embroidery" exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design in NYC. The work exhibited has been reviewed in the New York Times, Surface Design Magazine, 1626 Magazine, Guangzhou, China, American Craft Magazine, Fiber Arts Magazine, and PASAJES DISEÑO, a Spanish Design Magazine, and were the cover image for the "The Chaffey Review", an LA-based literary magazine.

Kretz is best known for her 2006 painting, "Blessed Art Thou", depicting Angelina Jolie as the Virgin Mary  hovering above a Wal-Mart. The painting has appeared in every major newspaper in the world, all the major news networks, and continues to appear internationally in textbooks across disciplines.


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