Featured Artist | Kathy Halper

Kathy Halper

Evanston, IL
https://kathyhalper.com/new-work-2021/
@kathyhalperpainter

Anti-Social Life Statement:

As a classic introvert, the Pandemic allowed me to live a life I had only dreamt of. No appointments, no lunches, no parties. Even phone calls dried up.

This collection began in January 2021 as a form of pandemic diary. I was able to focus on the small moments that make up a day. My dog barking, a charming house, a knotty tree. As the world opens I am committed to keeping my eyes on “the small picture”.

Painting these moments force me, and I hope the viewer, to “realize life while we live it” (to quote Thorton Wilder).

The scenes are rendered not as they are, but as they appear in my mind with flattened shapes, distorted perspectives, romanticized palettes recognizable from Outsider and Pop Art.

The work is primarily oil painting with elements from past series to clarify my voice. This includes cardboard layers, polymer objects, thread and glitter to infuse the scenes with my humor, humanity and warped look at the world.

Squirrel | Oil, acrylic, cardboard, embroidery thread, polymer clay on wood panel | 14" x 18" with hand embellished frame
Squirrel | Oil, acrylic, cardboard, embroidery thread, polymer clay on wood panel | 14″ x 18″ with hand embellished frame
Bedtime | Oil, acrylic, cardboard, embroidery thread, polymer clay, glitter on wood panel | 14" x 14" with hand painted frame
Bedtime | Oil, acrylic, cardboard, embroidery thread, polymer clay, glitter on wood panel | 14″ x 14″ with hand painted frame
Guard Dog | Oil, acrylic, cardboard, polymer clay, embroidery thread on wood panel | 13" x 16" with hand painted frame
Guard Dog | Oil, acrylic, cardboard, polymer clay, embroidery thread on wood panel | 13″ x 16″ with hand painted frame
Walking Fiona | Oil, acrylic, cardboard, pumice medium on wood panel | 16" x 20" unframed
Walking Fiona | Oil, acrylic, cardboard, pumice medium on wood panel | 16″ x 20″ unframed

 

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