Kate Rivers

Kate Rivers is a professional artist living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio, graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design and earned an MFA in painting and printmaking at The University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.Her work is in numerous private collections throughout the United States. After teaching at the collegiate level in Oklahoma, Kate left a tenured position in order to work as a full time artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Artist Statement: I am a mixed media painter than heavily incorporates found materials. A recurrent theme in my work is the image of a nest. The nest is a powerful metaphor suggesting comfort, home, protection and family. My work is constructed of layers of text, ephemera and oil stick creating dense patterns while exploring social and political issues. The work also addresses the human compulsion to collect things that can often add meaning to our lives reflecting past memories and events. I gather stuff from garage or estate sales, second hand stores, posters from urban areas and simply trash. Some of the materials that I use are a variety of maps, old typed or hand written letters, cancelled postage stamps and clothing tags. Clothing tags are especially seductive because they are frequently well-designed and suggest issues of class and the compulsion to collect. In addition, I incorporate items of whimsy and reflections of the everyday. Often I feel like a voyeur looking into the lives of others long past and reflecting on their lives. 

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