Kathy Edwards Hayslett

My practice embraces collage and assemblage as tools for communicating both disjunction and linkage, particularly regarding time, memory, and histories. When spaces, objects, fragments of objects, and text are represented, re-represented and combined, new juxtapositions and compositions are created, which present layered references and content. My work addresses such current themes as climate change, feminism, materiality, colonialism, and trauma and memory. I work two dimensionally and in relief. My materials, particularly for the assemblages, are carefully selected to enable narratives and connections to viewers. There is usually a “character” as in a book. The character might be represented with a tintype, and stories are suggested with artifacts and paper media that suppose time travel, and cross reference myriad histories and cultures. Decoration and pattern are woven in composition, as landscape is an essential armature for the subject.
Kathy is a former chief curator at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art and a former director of The Print Center in Philadelphia. She has been an artist-in-residence at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Grand Marais Art Colony, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited in a wide variety of spaces from ICON Gallery in Fairfield, IA, to Corcoran Museum of Art, to the American Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is included in many private collections. Kathy received BAs in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Richmond, and an MA in Art Education from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After almost 20 years as a curator at UISMA, she set up a collection purchase fund for contemporary art by American women.

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