Kathryn Gohmert

“Chinahead I (Series)” 2009, mixed media, 84 X 54 cm

“Chuck Norris” 2009 Mixed Media 80 x 60 cm

“What Would The Community Think?” 2010 Mixed Media 174 x 100 cm

“Just Like a Tree” 2008, mixed media, 31 x 23 inches

“Chinahead Series: Bullseye I” mixed media, 20 x 20 inches

“Not Going to Make It” 2009, mixed media, 100 x 60 cm

“Total Animal Soup” 2009, mixed media, 100 x 80 cm

Artist Statement

“I believe that quality exists in a piece before I begin to work on it, and my role is to uncover it on canvas. I strive for quality rather than beauty, because I believe it is much more powerful: whereas beauty is subjective, quality is universally recognized. I believe that we, as human beings, have an ability to recognize quality when it is before us in the same way we recognize the truth when it is spoken.

Because finding the simplest way to explain a concept or idea is the clearest sign of it’s understanding(in both language and art), this is my other goal as an artist and the reason I prefer using large brushes: if everything is in its right place, then this can be much more effective than enormous amounts of detail.

I have begun sewing in recent work and want the results to show a meticulous dedication and bit of warmth and vulnerability to pieces that might otherwise come across as too aggressive or reckless. I learned to sew when I was very young, and have since then loved the idea that a piece of thread, if the stitches are small and tight enough, can unite an assortment of different pieces into a new whole. Hand-stitching bits of canvas over areas to make them basic once again is also a way I’ve found to “re-simplify” within my work.

Ultimately, when I am able to make a work of true quality, I believe it is because quality has found a way to present itself using my artistic choices: my ultimate goal is to become more and more skilled at uncovering this as I continue to grow as an artist.”

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Kathryn Gohmert at ARTDOXA