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"This Sharp World...." Kate Kretz solo exhibition

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The Final Word, 2012 Embroidery (french Knots) on Black Velvet 20 X 16" © Kate Kretz
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The Final Word (detail), 2012 Embroidery (french Knots) on Black Velvet 20 X 16" © Kate Kretz
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Deluge , 2012 Silverpoint on Found Silver Ladle 13 X 3 X 3.5" © Kate Kretz
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Deluge (detail), 2012 Silverpoint on Found Object 13 X 3 X 3.5" © Kate Kretz
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Your Fragility..., 2010 Mother's Hair From Gestation Period Embroidered on Child's Garment, Velvet, 14 X 15" © Kate Kretz
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"Heart Center" , 2009 Hand Dyed Velvet, Standard & 3D Embroidery, Batting, Taffeta, Convex Glass, Frame 21" Round © Kate Kretz
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"Heart Center" (detail), 2009 Hand Dyed Velvet, Standard & 3D Embroidery, Batting, Taffeta, Convex Glass, Frame 21" Round © Kate Kretz
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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
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Oubliette II, 2008 Human Hair Embroidery on Found Linen Doily, Hand-dyed Velvet, Convex Glass, Frame 13 X 13" © Kate Kretz
"This Sharp World...." Kate Kretz solo exhibition
Curated by: Rochi Llanza

April 14th, 2012 - July 2nd, 2012

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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.