Kathryn Hart’s art reflects the human condition — all of its crags, crevices, revelations and secrets — and her belief in an endless ability to rise from the ashes.
Her mixed media works seep with raw, personal history, but the stories are timelessly relevant. They exude a sense of loss, longing and an ultimate conviction in renewal. Hart’s current work searches for the unswayable feminine identity and its philosophical essence amid the influences of culture, heritage and personal experience.
Hart’s paintings are mired in matter, their power emanating from their very physical palpability and her unique way of imbuing the actual with its own transcendent mystery. Humanoid-like beings are often sculpted and sutured into a surface smeared with sensuously tactile impasto, clotted paint and found objects. Hart desanctifies the traditional plane surface with construction and deconstruction so that the work becomes an entity, embryonic and glistening, oddly elegant with vulnerability and an unapologetic presence. Rips, tears and holes in the support incorporate the surrounding environment into the very composition. Uncensored materials are exploited to their full extent, even in their natural state, for Hart believes in the inherent truth and power of the raw materials.
As the daughter of a plastic surgeon, suturing, stitching, tugging together and pulling apart come naturally to Hart for she often observed her father’s surgeries, watching him deftly place sutures to heal and those to conceal the underbelly. However, Hart’s aim is not to veil what lies beneath the skin but to reveal it.
...Hart possesses an apparently unshakable sense of purpose and certainty about her creative vocation...a unique personal style, which imparts a relief-like sculptural dimension to the art of painting, even while preserving the sanctity of the two dimensional picture plane so central to modernist aesthetics.
There is no room for illusion in Hart's paintings, which excavate a deep mystery from the actual physically palpable substance of pigment...a sense of a submerged narrative that lends Hart's work much of its mystery, depth and poetry."
Ed McCormack, Gallery & Studio Magazine; June 2012; NY, NY
About the artist
An internationally award-winning artist, Hart actively shows her work in New York City and Europe. Her work has hung in numerous museums across the U.S. and internationally. She is a United Nations art award recipient and invited UN juror. Ms. Hart’s work is archived in the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
As a market researcher for major medical companies, my job was to uncover the unseen need, find the niche not-yet-discovered and focus on the gap, not the things that actually existed. I am fascinated with human body...all that lies beneath the surface unseen, the unexplainable and the infinite human psyche. But after fifteen years, the thought of climbing another corporate rung left me hollow. One summer I took a drawing class and all of my childhood creativity and passion for art came flooding back to me. My life had always involved art but now I was the one creating it. I delved into my passion, studying with artists I admired and catching up on the art education I never got. I came back to what I had always been. All of the 'looking for the unseen' has come full circle with my art."