CATHERINE KERNAN Caught in the Current

Catherine Kernan

Catherine Kernan, Caught in the Current #4,
intaglio monotype, 2004. Courtesy of the artist.

September 9 – November 4, 2012

Members' Preview Reception September 15, 2012, 6 - 8pm
Artist Talk and Demonstration Sunday, October 14, 3pm

About the Exhibit

"The work of Catherine Kernan is quietly reflective, filled with minute changes of color and complexity of line that cause the viewer to stop and contemplate the image,” writes Katherine French, director of the Danforth Museum about Catherine Kernan’s work. “Beneath a calm surface, underground springs and rivers create movement. Plants show signs of vigorous growth. We are called to meditate on one moment in time, but sense that this moment is brief."

A master printmaker and founder of Mixit Print Studio in Somerville, Mass., Kernan creates large woodblocks and uses them in unorthodox ways to build images layer by layer. She describes her process as fluid and free-form, “existing on the interface between painting and printmaking, full of serendipity and controlled accident.” In many ways her process imitates unpredictability of life.

As a printmaker, Kernan is steadily working on a grander scale with some of her prints being five by eight feet. Kris Wilton writes in Art New England  that Kernan’s desire to be experimental “results from her increasing realization that there’s really very little in life that we can control. Rather than aiming for the precision, she invites peccadilloes.”

About the Artist

Catherine Kernan is a painter and printmaker. She is co-owner and founder of Mixit Print Studio, a professional open rental studio in Somerville, Massachusetts, and part-time director of Maud Morgan Arts.

Catherine is represented by Jason McCoy in New York, Dolan/Maxwell in Philadelphia and Soprafina Gallery in Boston. She teaches privately, in art schools, and in workshops around the country.



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