Kathryn Jill Johnson

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Imperishable Bliss, 2011 Mixed 42 X30
Bustle, 2011 Mixed 30 X22
Cony, 2011 Mixed 22 X30
Quick Facts
Decatur, IL
Birth year
Lives in
Huntsville, AL
Works in
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of South Florida, 1998, BA
University of Georgia, 2003, MFA
mixed-media, figurative, conceptual

If I had to describe a quality that applies to the art that I like best, I’d use the word poetic. What do I mean by poetic? The dictionary defines it as “having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression” and that’s a fine beginning. However I also see it as a juxtaposition of economy and extravagance. Information, both visual and metaphorical, is reduced to only what is needed in order to open the work for interpretation. Along with this economy, however, the artist must imbue the work with richness and intensity. This can be performed with an explosion of ornamentation, form, marks, materials or even emptiness. The key is both revelation and mystery, an authenticity not burdened with elucidation. The desire to create this quality of expression imbues all of my studio production and serves my conceptual concerns. I am interested in exploring people’s wounds and desires and how those things shape individual personalities and relationships with others and the world. I am interested in the perverse and the redemptive, the forlorn and the transcendent; the way that each person’s life is at once a comedy and a tragedy. I explore these issues through ideas about the body, language and narrative.

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