The Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail welcomes Kate Anderson to northern Minnesota on Grand Opening Weekend!
Nationally known textile artist Kate Anderson kicks off the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail with her talk entitled, “How Knotting Rewove My Life” at 7:00 p.m. at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in downtown Bemidji. Trail member Artist Reception and exhibit starting at 5:00 p.m. The public is welcome.
Kate gives workshops and has exhibited her art extensively for over thirty years. Kate’s art is in private and public collections; she has written and contributed to a plethora of books and periodical articles and has held the role of Gallery Director in six St. Louis galleries.
Kate’s Artist Statement:
For 15 years I was a painter before I decided to take a knotting workshop with noted textile artist Jane Sauer; I couldn’t stop knotting. It continues to be the magic of hundreds of knots, placed meticulously next to each other that simultaneously creates a granular breathing surface, an image and a structure, that holds my obsession. I use the most simple iconic teapot form as my canvas and 2 ply waxed threads as my paint.
Making hundreds of knots, creating narratives with threads, placing colors in such a way as to optically create new colors, all serve to satisfy the technical challenge of making work. Quoting from famous paintings from the pop era or looking at wonderful vintage imagery from the mid century strike a chord deep within. I can pay homage while at the same time reinterpret the experience of how we are meant to perceive a snapshot of American history.
Find your creative spirit where the pines meet the prairie!
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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.