PULLMAN, Wash. — The next Compton Union Gallery exhibit will feature the paintings and assemblages of Ohio artist Katherine Kadish.
Kadish’s exhibition, “Patterns,” opens for a two-week exhibit time, March 24 through April 4. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The artist also will be on campus to participate in the 8th Annual Women and Leadership Forum on Thursday, March 27, presenting a session on creativity and persistence. The gallery will open at 8 a.m. that day to accommodate those attending the forum.
While Kadish began work on her series of “pattern” paintings and assemblages in 1999, their roots go much deeper. In 2001 she wrote, “…sewing was my mother’s primary mode of expression and the clearest expression, also, of her personality. I learned the rudiments…but my interest was mainly limited to the selection of pattern and fabric. It was probably, also, my first experience with shapes in their purest form….”
She says that patterns and other forms related to the body evoke for her the idea of the prescriptions we all grow up with, and which affect our lives thereafter. For her, the process of creating these art works replicates and illustrates the way we make sense of — or formulate patterns out of — our histories and experiences. Her more recent assemblages explore the yearning to escape these very patterns – the boundaries of ordinary life and thought.
One of the patterns of Kadish’s life which, perhaps surprisingly, has not found its way into her work is living with macular degeneration. Although she had her first episode in her teen years, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, and to pursue a successful career as a studio artist. Although she takes advantage of the latest technology to cope with the administrative aspects of her career, she is quick to say that macular degeneration “certainly affected my life, but I do think not my work.”
Kadish’s art has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the eastern and midwestern United States, in England and in the People’s Republic of China. Her works appear in many public and corporate collections, including the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, England; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; the Printmaking Workshop of NYC; and the GTE Corporation. In 2000, she received a grant from the Ohio Arts Council for travel to Korea.
The exhibit was made possible through collaborative efforts of the CUB Gallery and the WSU Department of Apparel, Merchandising and Interior Design.