Northwestern College’s Te Paske Gallery will house an exhibit of artwork by Kathleen Scott Sept. 21 through Oct. 19. A public reception with the Arizona artist is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.
“The World Forgetting” is a collection of framed cyanotypes on silk, hung on screen-printed wallpaper installed in the gallery space. Scott’s art creates spaces or objects that look historic but have no real place in the past.
“The consistent theme throughout my work is the idea of the mortality of memories, histories and people,” she says. During her childhood years, Scott’s family was involved in historical reenactments. Spending her weekends dressed in period costumes impacted both the way she sees the world and her approach to art making.
She points to an African belief that there are two stages of death: the first when you leave behind your life on earth; the second, when all those who remember you do the same. “I find this idea to be very fascinating, as it makes one’s mortality something shared by others,” she says.
Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Scott graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, then spent two years in a post-baccalaureate studio and teaching assistant program at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. She now lives in Tempe, Ariz., where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Arizona State University in 2011.
Scott has been an artist-in-residence at Art342 in Fort Collins, Colo., and at the Stonehouse Center for the Contemporary Arts in Miramonte, Calif. She soon will fill the same role at Vermillion Editions Limited in Amarillo, Texas. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and was recently included in the Arizona Biennial ’11 at the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Ariz.
Northwestern’s Te Paske Gallery is located in the Thea G. Korver Visual Arts Center, on Highway 10 at 214 8th Street SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.