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 abstraction. The work expresses the allure of the sublime through naturally found abstraction; pulling all the senses together to create a spirit of place. In describing place, personal narratives referencing mythology, the four elements, or Hermetic principals are referenced. Another side to Kate's work include "Cyto-Illusions." She uses cellular microscopy images among other things, as the source material for multilayered abstractions. The images are made from life, about life, showing a microscopic world that echo's patterns of the cosmos.
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.
For more images and information, visit: www.katehenderson.art