This Month's Artist Exhibition


AUGUST 2 - 26, 2017

  paolo pedini


Friday ~ August 4, 2017 ~ 7pm-9pm

Batik artist Kate Ford, whose work is featured at Huron Valley Council for the Arts this August, explains, “My work is a study in reverse. The two mediums of printmaking and batik reflect this. “Removing matter from plates, or adding negative space with the use of wax are both appealing to me,” she adds. “I wander between the control of printmaking and the random, free flowing aspect of hot wax and dyes.” A gallery reception will take place Friday, Aug. 4 from 7-9 p.m. at HVCA’s gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road for Kate Ford — Batik Reflections; those attending will have the opportunity to stroll the gallery and meet the artist as well as to enjoy light refreshments.

The Rochester Hills-based artist states that for this show, which runs Aug. 2-26, her “inspiration is based upon the environment, endangered species, and recently, architecture. “Using an ancient art form for contemporary images is an appealing aspect,” Ford says. “I feel a deep connection to the places where I grew up, and convey those thoughts and feelings in my current work. Returning to places in Detroit from an earlier time, buildings that are no longer used or have been destroyed are rediscovered. Additionally, continued studies of nature offers further exploration in flora and fauna. I have chosen these pieces in particular because I believe they represent my personal love for both man made beauty as well as natural beauty.”

Ford has taught batik classes at Studio 1219; it’s a medium she truly enjoys. “My personal feelings about the medium of batik range from wondrous to unsure anticipation, ending with a surprising reveal of the finished product due to its unpredictability,” she explains. “The uncontrollable aspect of the technique is exciting and new every time.”  Her exhibits and awards include a solo exhibition and first prize in the Color, Art, Life and Love exhibition at Studio 1219 in 2015 and 2014, respectively. She also earned two honorable mentions in 2013: Art on the Bay in New Baltimore and Peace, Love, Rock ‘N Roll at Studio 1219.

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