Kathy Nida

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Fully Medicated, June 2011 Fiber 34.5" W X 55" H © Kathy Nida
Disrupted, Feb 2010 Fiber 4 8x8” Pieces, 57.5 W X 70.5” H, 23.5 W X 70.5” H © c Gregory Case
Untied, May 2008 Fiber 50 ¾” W X 55 ½” H © Kathy Nida
Lost, May 2005 Fiber 51" W X 51" H © Kathy Nida
Quick Facts
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Nida started making art as a young child, like most of us do, but she never stopped. She has a Studio Art degree from University of California, Irvine, focusing on etching, photography, and ceramics. Upon leaving school, Nida exhibited mostly screenprints until her first child was born, and then the siren song of fabric took over.

Nida grew up sewing her own clothes, so learning to quilt in her early 20's made sense. She then figured out how to make her screenprinting drawings into quilts, and now her art is made of fabric that still hangs on the wall.

What she dreams becomes art. As her dreams flow from one scene to another, her imagery reflects that shift, whirling around her brain until she reaches out and grabs. Women populate her work; it is hard if you are female to escape your uterus. The first 13 years of your life, you don't realize what freedom is. Looking back, after years of trying NOT to get pregnant, years of trying to get pregnant, and then more of NOT as you survive menopause, and you realize you are becoming that free child again.

Nida seems obsessed with the state of woman. Giving birth or not giving birth. Being akin to Mother Earth, but without her resources and patience. Being stretched beyond, physically and mentally, what you once thought of as Self.

Nida has been exhibited in gallery shows since she was 16, starting with drawings, working through the screenprint years, and now exclusively in fabric. She still draws before she creates; that has never changed. Her work has been published in numerous catalogs and has traveled more than she has. She does this instead of sleeping. It seems more important. In Spring 2013, she will be a featured artist in Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits, published by Lark Books.

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