Kate Sybilla Henderson
K S Henderson
Natural Abstraction Art
Painting • Digital • Printmaking
kshenderson.com • cytoillusion.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
I create environments from natural elements to give people a sense of place, describing emotional essence and energy that connects us to each other and everything around us. My images both describe and celebrate the intrinsically aesthetic structure of the natural world and the ever-present duality in all things. I invite the viewer to see and feel the world both within us and around us, experiencing the macro vs microelements common to all.
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 it’s own unique characteristics to provoke the senses, be it optical impressions, viscosity, or the unspeakable sound of elements as they hit the surface.
Painting-with-cells is how I describe the cyto-Illusions series. I start by using microscope images of human cells and also images of abstraction “found” in nature. Through layering and manipulation techniques, I create an image that mirrors micro images on a macro level. On one level the images are a colorful abstraction that allow the viewer to freely explore and experience the image on their own. Many images are suggestive of a specific element such as water, but others are more environmentally placed. On another level the images are about the reality of nature; cells of disease, the growth structure of plants, and the patterns of light filtered through the leaves. The Ctyo-Illusions site showcases this series.
Kate is an artist working in the Connecticut and New York area. Since childhood she has enjoyed working in art and abstract problem solving. She also enjoys nature, philosophy, science, and cooking.
Kate graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in studio art and a BA in art history and then later received her MFA from Yale University in painting and printmaking. After grad school she choose a different path for an artist looking to earn a living and ended up working for pathology in graphics and IT. She describes first seeing images of cells as like looking at a world made of jewels. The patterns, colorful stains, and relationships between shapes is eye candy for the artistic soul.
Her creative spirit shows in her work: gesture, energy, color and spacial relationships, and always nature.
1989 Yale University School of Art, MFA Painting and Printmaking
1987 Indiana University, BFA Painting and Printmaking
1987 Indiana University BA Art History
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 2nd Annual 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
2003 SOBrO Invitational, Indianapolis IN
2000 Yale Art Place, New Haven CT
1991 Linden Collective, Columbia SC
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
2009 Creative Arts Student Show
1990 Creative Arts Faculty Show
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
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.