Gesture describes the energy in life; it represents the vibration in everything.
Kate Henderson describes her artwork as depicting a sense of place and the energy in the world around us. Working primarily in pastel, a combination of gestural and contour line translate elements of the natural world into a place of imagined passages. Her work expresses the allure of the sublime through naturally found abstraction, drawing upon all the senses to create a spirit of a place. To describe “place”, she references,personal narratives rooted in mythology, shamanism, the four elements, and Hermetic principals.
Another side to Kate's work includes "Cyto-Illusions." She creates multilayered abstractions from images including cells, shadows, scientific illustrations, and nature photography. The images are made from life, about life, showing a microscopic world that echoes patterns of the cosmos. The work is brightly colored and uses contour patterns of cells that flow together weaving art with science, and philosophy through the use of biomorphic abstraction.
Her vision starts with the belief that, “We are all essentially made of the same biomorphic web and every life structure mimics another. As part of all that is living, we each have a unique energy or “qi” (life force/ energy flow) that connects us to each other and to the natural world.”
Kate received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University, where she was awarded the Old Holland Classic Oil Color Prize. She earned a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at Indiana University. She has received many awards for her pastels including the Franklin Alexander Award from the Connecticut pastel society and featured in Exhibeo Art Magazine. In her design and digital work, she has earned awards from Artiac and is a Lumen Prize Global Tour Recipient. Her work has been shown at Creative Tech week NY, The Lumen Prize global tour at The Auditorium on Broadway NY, Degas Society in New Orleans, New Haven Lawn Club, NEST in Bridgeport CT, Ridgefield Camera Works, Franklin Street Works in Stamford CT, BRAG at the University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport CT, Connecticut Hospice, Creative Arts in New Haven, Yale-Sterling Library, and Art Place in New Haven.
“Great art picks up where nature ends.” -Marc Chagall