Artist Kathryn Glowen currently works at her farm and studio in Arlington, Washington. She studied fine art and graphic design at Washington State University and the University of Tulsa. Her work brings together the discipline of design with the personal vision of an artist in a variety of media including collage, assemblage, painting and installation sculpture.

Kathryn's well-known assemblage sculptures, wall reliefs and wearable objects often combine paper ephemera such as photos, postcards, printed materials, etc. with intriguing found objects and precisely painted forms. Together, these elements comprise a visual journey of memory, place and time. Her work is in numerous public and private collections in the Northwest and Midwest.

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This body of work which includes the Dwarf assemblages, refers to the celestial sphere. It is a place where we have projected ourselves in myth, spirit and legend (for example, the constellations), and a sphere that influences our daily rhythms and moods. The moon and the night sky continue to cast their quiet mystery upon us. My interpretation of Lunar is more lyrical than literal. I am perhaps as influenced by Selene, the ancient Greek goddess of the moon, as much as I am influenced by astronomy and natural science.

Kathryn Glowen, 2006 - 2007


About a Snowman

This  work is a continuation of my use of dictionary fragments and images to represent ideas as well as shapes.

As a child I was given a dictionary to occupy my time when I went with my parents to house parties—I’m not sure if I looked at them right-side up but ever since, I have loved dictionaries. And now my husband Ron collects them.

“Conversations with a Snowman” began with thoughts and memories of my younger sister Chris who has moved to Hawaii. My father, a Boeing engineer but an inept builder, made a sled for us. One winter day, I was pulling her around the yard as the sled runners clogged up with snow and my two-year old sister sat there cold and screaming in her pink snowsuit. Mother said, “Make her a snowman,” and then come inside. So there I am, eight years old, working as fast as possible to finish the snowman and get her back into the warm house. It may well be the first work of sculpture that I ever made.

A snowman is a benign character, and product of the natural world and childlike imagination. I think of them today as an endangered species, a bellwether of climatic change and global warming. A snowman is also an alter ego, a temporary sculpture subject to the whim of both cold and warm.

As I was making these works, my husband discovered a passage in Giorgio Vasari’s “Lives of the Artists” (1573) about the young Michelangelo at the court of Lorenzo de Medici. One day, the artist was asked to create a snow sculpture for Lorenzo’s son Piero. There was no mention of a sled involved.

Kathryn Glowen
August 2006

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