Kate Sybilla Henderson
Yale University, MFA
Gesture describes the energy in life, it represents the vibration in everything.
My art work depicts the essence of a sense of place and the energy that connects us to the world around. The use of line takes the viewer on a journey through environments both physical and spiritual. Working primarily in pastel, I use a combination gesture and contour line creating a unique vision of the natural world and its transformation into abstraction. The images both describe and celebrate the intrinsically aesthetic structure of the natural world and the ever-present duality in all things.
I enjoy using pastels because I feel they are the most honest of art materials. The color is pure, application is immediate, and you can physically feel the characteristics of each pigment. The pigments used in professional pastels are the same as those used to make oil paints. Pastels are made of pure powdered pigment and a gum binder. They are the closest to raw pigment than other painting medium and thus very archival. I use only a minimal amount of archival fixatives on rag paper, thus assuring the colors to last for many generations.
Materials are important to me. I maintain the integrity of whatever medium I use whether it’s pastel, paint or digital imaging. I want each medium to have its own unique characteristics to provoke the senses, be it optical impressions, viscosity, or sound.
I start my paintings by finding the essence of a particular place, monument in time, or emotional state. I often start with a collection of images, drawings or photographs to remind me of place and time. I then start to look for abstract structural elements that connect me to the moment or emotion. Working loosely with gesture drawing I let the painting evolve into its own place. I start finding the contours of natural shapes and building a path in and through the painting, creating a new abstract world to explore.
“Great art picks up where nature ends.” -Marc Chagall
I think of art as a shamanic practice. The journey of meditation, ritual and prayer are as important to me as the final work. My art often references mythology, the elements, and hermetic principals. All that is seen is equality unseen. Creativity lives in us all and it is in this creative spirit that connects us to the life force and universe.
Kate’s other body of art work- Cyto-Illusions includes using cellular microscopy images and photography as the source material and building blocks for multilayered abstractions celebrating art, science, philosophy and our human connection through the use of biomorphic abstraction. On a biological level, we are all the same. We are part of all that is living. Every life structure mimics another. We each have a unique energy that connects us to each other, yet we are all structurally made of the same biomorphic web. They are images made from life, about life, showing a microscopic world that echo's images of the cosmos. The colors are vibrant hues to awaken the soul. The shapes are organic, made from nature and share a connection with all living things.
My cyto-illusion images both express and celebrate the intrinsically beautiful structure of the natural world and the ever-present duality in all things.
Yale University School of Art, MFA Painting and Printmaking
Indiana University, BFA Painting and Printmaking
Indiana University BA Art History
Albertus Magnus MFA
2018 Gestural Journeys, Kate Henderson Current Works, New Haven Lawn Club,
New Haven CT
2017 The Dream Life of Color, Azoth Gallery, Connecticut Hospice, Branford CT
2017 Lumen Prize Global Tour & Creative Tech Week, Auditorium on Broadway, NY NY
2017 Easton Arts Council Art in the Country, Easton, CT
2016 The Lumen Prize, Global Tour
2016 Design ‘N Gather Finalist, Artaic Mosaics, Las Vegas NV
2016 Creative Technology Expo, Industry City, Brooklyn NY
2015 Beauty of Science, Yale Sterling Library, New Haven CT
2015 Art Comptition.net, Emotion & Energy of Color II
2015 Exhibeo Art Competition Magazine, Abstraction
2014 Design ‘N Gather Finalist, Artaic Mosaics, Boston MA
2014 Degas Pastel Society, 15th Biennial National Exhibition New Orleans LA
2014 Exhibeo Art Competition Magazine, Landscape in Motion, online
2014 G25N Gallery 25N, Water, The Essence of Life; online, Fishkill NY
2014 Natural Abstraction, Easton Public Library Conference Room, Easton CT
2014 Art in the Country, Easton Arts Center, Easton CT
2009 Camera Works Exhibition, Ridgefield Guild of Artists’, Ridgefield CT
2009 Renaissance in Pastel, Connecticut Pastel Society, Waterbury CT
2009 What’s Art got to do with it? Creative arts Workshop, New Haven CT
2009 Cultural Passages, Creative arts Workshop, New Haven CT
2000 Art Place, New Haven CT
2017 BRAG at the NEST, Bridgeport, CT
2017 BRAG at the University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
2017 Easton Arts Council Photography Show, Easton, CT
2016 Shake and Shuffle, New Haven Arts Council, New Haven CT
2016 The Nest Gallery, Bridgeport CT
2016 19th Annual Member’s Art Show, Easton Arts Council, Easton CT
2015 Sound and Vision, Institute Library, New Haven CT
2015 18th Annual Member’s Art Show, Easton Arts Council, Easton CT
2014 Franklin Street Works, Collaborative installation for It narrates, Stamford CT
2014 17th Annual Member’s Art Show, Easton Arts Council, Easton CT
2013 City-Wide Open Studios, Armory, New Haven CT
2010 City-Wide Open Studios, Creative Arts, New Haven CT
1990 Creative Arts Faculty Show
2017 Art in the Country, Easton Arts Center
2016 The Lumen Prize, short-list winner and global tour, Wales UK
2016 Design N'Gather Competition, Finalist, Las Vegas NV, Bositk & Artiaic
2015 Beauty of Science, Yale Sterling Library, New Haven CT, Juror’s Award
2015 Art Competion.net: Emotion & Energy of Color II, Honorable Mention
2015 Exhibeo Art Competition Magazine, Honorable Mention
2014 G25N Gallery 25N, Water, The Essence of Life; Honorable Mention
2014 Artslant 4th Showcase Winner
2014 Art in the Country, Easton Arts Center, Honorable Mention
2014 Artslant 1st Showcase Winner
2013 Artslant 8th Showcase Winner
2009 Connecticut Pastel Society: Franklin Alexander Memorial Award
2003 Broad Ripple Painters Invitational: Creative INsight
1989 Old Holland Classic Oil Color Prize
2016 Kate Henderson : Exhibeo Selected Art Reviews and Interviews, Vol 1&2, 2016. JE Raddatz.
2015 Kate Henderson : Atmospheric Fluidity, Art Exhibeo Magazine, April 29, 2015. JE Raddatz. http://www.artexhibeo.com/kate-henderson-atmospheric-fluidity/
2014 Regenterate: Beautiful Disease, New Haven Arts Council, March 19 2013. Melanie Borinstein. http://reintegratenewhaven.com/2013/03/19/beautiful-disease/
2001-2014 Yale Pathology Labs Calendar
Cover Images: Pharmacology Reviews, Pediatric Psychology, Laboratory Investigations, Clinical Reviews, CAP Today.