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