kathleen edwards

about

My first art sales were to my sixth grade classmates – drawings of flower wreathed peace signs for ten cents each.  Born in 1955 in Los Angeles County, now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and hold a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University.

Graphic non-fiction is my latest creative genre; "Gone: an Artist's Book of the Dead" is my new graphic memoir, not yet published. (see books, "Gone") A picture is worth a thousand words but a picture and a thousand words is even better. My first book, "Holy Stars! Favorite Deities, Prophets, Saints and Sages from Around the World" was published in 2009 by Sentient Publications.

My fine art paintings and sculptures have been widely exhibited in solo and group shows since 1986. Venues include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery; Oakland Museum; Vancouver Museum; San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum and the old treasure, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco. My work is in many private collections.

I've always been drawn to the places where art meets life; working with my hands nurtures my spirit. Truly a "working dog", my focus is not just in the studio, but in the garden, kitchen, and community. I've been an Artist Mentor for at-risk teens, a library volunteer book mender and a floral arranger and handyperson for local non-profits.

Versatility is my specialty. The medium chosen is what best suits the message. Interest in both environmental issues and functional art led to years of making furniture and lamps with reclaimed wood and tree trimmers' refuse. The desire to deconstruct symbolic texts - literally - inspired vessels created from the pages of old books and religious texts (yes, those!), using traditional basketry techniques. Passion about earth, food, water and community, inspired installations incorporating recycled materials and donated food, later given to local food banks.

I've been been a resident at Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and was a Eureka Fellowship Finalist in 2002. Awards include several exhibition Best of Shows and Merit Awards, and a 1998 Marin Arts Council Individual Grant. 
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2 left photos: "Grace: Homage to Earth and Sky for Food and Water" food, wood, earth, edible plants, Gallery Route One, Pt.Reyes 1995. 2 right: "Roots" mixed media installation; four-day arts intervention at Fillmore Center, San Francisco 1991

"'Grace'....is a stunning reminder that every day we transform the environment through our bodies to stay alive. (The installation) points out the importance of process and of the sensory, critical and mental transformations we make in the wonderful mystery of life."
-- Stephen Hogbin, Appearance and Reality. Bethel CT: Cambium Press 2000


top to bottom: "Working Dog" gouache on paper; stick lamp; shadow box coffee table; "Hell’s Handbasket" made from "Dante's Inferno" pages & waxed linen