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Painter and social artist Kate Vrijmoet lives and works in Seattle, WA. She received her MFA from Syracuse University. Her paintings and installations focus on the human body and the human condition, and on issues of consciousness, boundaries, and access. Vrijmoet was one of 16 American artists participating in the 2012 5th Beijing International Bienniale. Her sound installation, Mother May I…? was awarded Best Installation by Charlotta Kotik, Curator Emerita Brooklyn Museum of Art. And it was exhibited at Orange County Center on Contemporary Art–a show endorsed by Nicolas Bourriaud. Vrijmoet has exhibitied in shows juried by curators of the Met (Anne Strauss) and the Guggenheim (Nat Trotman). She received 3rd Prize in 2010 Ecuador Bienniale. Her work has been published in New American Paintings, The Seattle Times, Catapult Magazine and in 2010, CoCA Seattle published a 42-page catalog for her solo show, Kate Vrijmoet: Essential Gestures. Upcoming exhibitions include a two-person show scheduled at the Esvelt Gallery in Eastern Washington in November 2013, and an exhibit on Destigmatizing Mental Illness in the City Hall Annex in Seattle.
About my artwork
Ever since I was a little girl it has been vitally important to me to share experiences through art with the "viewing" audience.
Artists I like
Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Jenny Saville, Edouard Manet, Franz Kline, ....
Centre of the artworld:
New York, London, LA, Berlin, Beijing, my studio, online
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Hi Kate, great seeing all the positive attention you are getting, well deserved. Thank's for gettign back to me with some great ideas, I don't have an art degree, I have a Math degree!! I love Math's but it is art I am naturally good at. I shall pursue some local channels including the Uni and let you know how things develop, Xtina :)
Hi Kate, I am a sculptor and really liked your idea of painting all of those local people. The only trouble is clay is not a cheap medium. I live in a medium sized village in North Wales, it's very pretty but very divided by language and race, however many people are receptive to a strong community spirit and artistic enterprise. I just love the idea of getting the good folk of Bethesda into a series of clay sketches and encouraging them to try the clay sketching themselves if they are so inclined. Your way of entering your local community with a bang just got my mind going. Well met :) xstina
Oh dear. I am afraid, I owe you an apology, Kate - I didn't expect anyone might actually read it...
Anyway, you are right regarding the conflict of logical and theological.
Years ago, I worked for a while in an architectural firm designing what might be called "an organic environment" (Alberts & Van Huut, Amsterdam). Deeply antroposophic approach based on theories of Rudolf Steiner, i.e. spiritual philosophy. So, that stuff in my blog (about the vital energies) - it's all true, you know - any reasonably sensitive person would immediately "feel" the difference between the two types of environments. In fact, I decided to work with them only because I have been shocked by the first experience when visiting one of their great projects - KPMG Bank in Amstelveen.
In short, there is, of course, no logic there, - but I should have explained better.
On a personal level, I would like to note I feel very pleased you mentioned positively a few of my pictures.
All those are the most recent ones, so it's my current frame of mind, if you like.
One more thing. There is a line in your comment in the discussion thread "finishing a painting", that inspired me to start a new discussion, which seems to me even more interesting now: "how does one start a painting". When the time comes, I should remember to credit you.
Thanks to your comment in the discussion I 'd started, I have now come across your work. I have to say it's really amazing. I find your paintings very powerful, very painterly, often very disturbing, and always highly original. With my best wishes,
Thank you for your expalnation for why you choose certain subject matter. Reardless of whether I like or dislike some of it, you always manage to send the paint in coordinated directions and also include natural flamboyancy. Again= contrasting visuals and methods. Fabulous
I enjoy totally abstracting my techniques. To do this I think I allow my sub conscious to take over so that any knowledge of subject and method I have, appear as ethereal impressions and layers which usually represent: land, water, sky, figures; just as in my pictorial work. I have a different frame of mind for working in different styles.
Thank you again for your dialogue concerning the gore. I think I understand your jocular approach to a serious subject. I like your painting of a person lying face down, peering. The lines which project from the figure are soothing and graceful. Very good work. The guy with the large feet in the foreground is cool too. A wildly coloured picture
I enjoy varying my methods and I work in styles ranging from precise painting
to fast, flowing abstract application of paint including printwork with elements of chance. You seem to be able to fuse the various methods you employ, into singular compositions. I am not so fond of the pictures portraying gore and death but the peaceful characters with paint protruding from them are a brilliant manifestation of abstraction because they take in life and atmosphere and you use the flow of colours to represent these intangible parts of existence.
I like the combination of intricate painting and brashness which constructs the fluid lines progressing from your figures. I also like the sliding nature of your paintwork. Brilliant merging of colours