Cathryn Kapp: In My Nature
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The majority of my current work is in colored pencil. The colored pencil work originally allowed me to travel light and work anywhere. At first the pencil was a practical medium, but as time went on, I became enamored with the softness, the layering, and all the challenges that come with selecting the amount of detail to capture. My intention is to take colored pencil into the abstract, into the qualities one finds in fine art, melding technique and thought, process and experience.
The beauty of nature and the endless ways that natural forms are constructed is exhilarating. Many things are there in nature to explore. They yearn to be discovered. I have respect for the rhythm and persistence of nature; I treasure the minutia and vulnerability. My pencil technique is also rhythmic, persistent and vulnerable. The larger the drawing, the more opportunity there is to experience the drawing from a distance and then, with closer scrutiny, the detail. The journey between those two perspectives is filled with expectation and often leads us further than we imagined.
In the creation of the piece, I experience a kind of addiction to the marking, allowing me to crosshatch and layer a larger piece in four to six weeks. The creation of the art is metaphor for nature’s process and in nature, I find a metaphor for parts of life. Working or playing with organic subjects, the gestural line and the layering of color is the place
I would like to be.
It’s in my nature to be comfortable there.