Influenced by sources from Constructivism to Arte Povera to African-American quilts, Kathleen King makes assemblages, sculpture, and installations that transform discarded materials through arrangement–interlocking, piling, stacking, hanging, and leaning–often drawing inspiration from urban surroundings to reference construction sites, homeless encampments, architecture, streets, signage and fences.
King’s visual vocabulary connects once valuable, now-discarded materials with the precarities we encounter in our current personal, social and political contexts. This work explores states of coexistence, contingency and control, drawing attention to how we make our social environments and are, in turn, made by them. The works juxtapose, engage, and balance, challenging viewers into empathy with sculptural objects and with each other.
About the Artist
Kathleen King was born in Oakland, CA and has a BA in Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited at Mercury 20 Gallery, The Compound Gallery, Pro Arts, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Building. Her work is represented in numerous private collections.