Sunshine International Art Museum, Beijing, China

 

Artist Statement:

Inspired by growth, consciousness and the human capacity for belief, my artwork commonly starts as a collision of marks drawn in a process that refines certain gestures to details while leaving others raw. I look into these layers of lines to excavate shapes lingering under my thicket of strokes, rendering hidden forms to the foreground. It is a sort of patient wandering, like searching for a bird in the brush, a place where harmony and chaos meet as opposites and I work to unite a composition out of contrast.

I like to think of this concept as the Principle of Opposites, a way in which opposing things require each other in order to be perceived. Without night I could not understand day and something beautiful requires the hideous to know the meaning of each and their difference. I believe that the awareness of this contrast helps me acquire a deeper understanding of how disparate things are connected, and that the diverse nature of all things evolves with the same intention - to grow.

The difference between things holds a kind of fertile space for reflection that carries the potency of a seed, and as water can awaken buds to blossom on a tree, art can conjure concepts to gestural blooms in a composition. I see no separation between the evolution of a species and that of thought. Both emerge from a creative process in nature that weaves the growth of matter and energy into biology and belief.

Art for me is a way of finding beauty, an act of reverence observing that the root of synthesis is in the hands of all things.

 

Resume:

Solo Exhibitions

Untitled - Tinkertown Gallery, Longbeach, Washington, 2015

Solus: First Stanza - Orlo Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2004

Anatomy and Reverence - King County Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 2000

Bestiary - Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington, 2000

Lab Work - University Center Gallery, Missoula, Montana, 1998

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Positions – Mission Social House, Honolulu, Hawai’i, 2015

Monogatari - fishcake, Honolulu, Hawai’i, 2015

State of the Art 2014 - Gallery 103, Kaua’i, Hawai’i, 2014

Life on the Edge -Eagle Exhibit Hall, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 2011

Life on the Edge -Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2011

ArtMia Foundation Group - Exhibition Do Art, Cao Chang Di, Beijing, China, 2009

Untitled - Pickled Art Centre, Fei Jia Cun, Beijing, China, 2008

Contemporaryism - Sunshine International Art Museum, Songzhuang, Tongzhou Qu, Beijing, China, 2008

In Focus - Seattle Art Museum Rental & Sales Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 2005

Affair at the Jupiter - Platform Gallery, Jupiter Hotel, Portland, Oregon, 2004

Still Lives - Platform Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 2004

Hybrids - Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Bronx, New York, 2003

One Year Later - M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, Washington, 2002

Northwest Documenta 1: A Biennial Survey of the Visual Art Vanguard in our Region - Salem Art Association's Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, Oregon, 2002

SEWN - Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, 2001

Botanica

-       University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 2001

-       Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2001

-       Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, 2001

Interrupt - Metropolitan Art Studio, Portland, Oregon, 2000

Intervals, Frames, and Accelerations - Froelick Adelhart Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2000

Material, Process, and Object: Expanding the Practice of Fiber Arts

-       Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 2000

-       Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, Idaho, 2000

Botanica  

-       Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 2000

-       Carleton College Art Gallery, Northfield, Minneapolis, 2000

-       Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana, 2000

-       Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 2000

-       Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, 2000

Pratt Fine Art Center Artist-in-Residence Exhibition - Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington, 1999

Dissections and Deviations - The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon, 1999

Botanica - Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minneapolis 1999Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, 1999

 

Education

Master of Fine Art, Studio Art, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1996

Bachelor of Fine Art with Distinctions, Painting, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, 1990

 

Lectures and Teaching

Artist Lecture, Solus - First Stanza, Exhibition Orlo Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2004

Artist Lecture, SEWN Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, 2001

Guest Lecture, Textiles History, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2001

Guest Lecture, Alternative Methods, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1999

Guest Lecture, 3-D Design Fundamentals, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1998

Artist Lecture, Lab Work Exhibition, University of Missoula, Missoula, Montana, 1998

Guest Lecture, Alternative Methods, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1997

Artist Lecture, MFA Graduate Lecture Series, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1996

Guest Lecture, Introduction to Fiber Art, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1996

Instructor, Painting & Drawing Fundamental Courses, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1995

 

Publications

Edge of Life: Forest Pathology – Art, Michelle Rozic & David Kulhavy, Stephen F. Austin State University of North Texas, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2011

Contemporaryism Exhibition Catalogue - Chief Editors: Li Guangming and Wu Zhenhuan, Sunshine International Art Museum, Songzhuang, Tongzhou Qu, Beijing, China, 2008

Keith Yurdana: The Anatomy of Reverence (monograph) - Lou Cabeen, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2008

Botanica: Contemporary Art and the World of Plants - Exhibition Catalogue, Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota, 1999

 

Selected Bibliography

"Darwinian Creations" - Stefano Tronci, Expat Arts, April 19, 2009

"Animals and Anatomy" - Katie Kurtz, The Stranger, September 30, 2004, p.46

"Gallery Opens on a Fascinatingly Grotesque Note" - Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 17, 2004, p. C-3

Radio Interview with Julie Bernard on "Art Talk" -  KBOO 90.3 FM Portland, Oregon, 30 minutes, July 8, 2004

"The Poncho Series, SEWN at the Seattle Art Museum" -  Frances DeVuono, Artweek, September 2001, Page 26

"SEWN is a stitch at SAM" - Victoria Josslin, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 30, 2001, p. D-1

"Material girls (and boys)" - Anna Fahey, Seattle Weekly, March 29, 2001, Page 65

"The Stranger Suggests: SEWN" - Emily Hall, The Stranger, March 24, 2001, p.45

"'intervals, frames, and accelerations' (sic) at Froelick Adelhart Gallery" - Lois Allan, Artweek, September 2000, Page 29

"Material, Process, and Object: Northwest Artists Expanding the Practice of Fiber Art" - Rock Hushka, Seattle Art Museum, University of Idaho web site, 2000

"Power amid roots and leaves: 'Botanica' artists see the beautiful, sinister and sexy sides of plants" - Jan Zita Grover, Duluth News Tribune, August 22, 1999, Page 4G

"Botanica: Contemporary Art and the World of PlantsExhibition Catalogue" - July 1999, Page 61

"Playing With Nature: Three Artists Have Their Way with Plants and Animals" - D.K. Row, The Oregonian, February 5, 1999, Page 62

"Report From Montana" - Barbara Brady, New Art Examiner, July/August 1998, Page 64

 

Awards and Residencies

Double Dog Dare Studio Fellowship Residency, Kaua’i, Hawai’i, 2014

The Drawing Center Viewing Program Artist Registry, 2009 -20014

Red Gate Gallery Residency - Beijing, China, October 2007 - March 2008

PONCHO Artist-in-Residence - ProgramPratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, Washington, 1998-99

Gonzales Scholarship - University of Washington, Seattle 1995-96, 1994-95

MFA Scholarship - Allied Arts Association, Seattle, Washington, 1995

Art League Painting Scholarship - San Jose State University, San Jose, California, 1989