Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Sphinx

My daughter and I were walking in Doylestown when I saw two sphinx statues outside a house.  They spoke to me right away and I knew I had to photograph them and then use them to create some art. I feel like everything that inspires me to create art becomes part of me.  It is like tattooing it to my body without physically putting it on me. I wanted these statues to be part of my "art me".  I'm not sure that makes sense to anyone but me......Anyway, I really enjoyed making this piece and I hope it is enjoyable to others as well. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Wintery

Obviously I'm not the best at regular blog entries. I am feeling very hibernatory right now and that includes "getting things done". I am allowing myself to go with these feelings because I'm pretty sure to work against them will leave me feeling down and frustrated with myself. The art above is Winter Witch. It's not new but it depict show how it feels outside.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Witching Hour

This is a late post about a really neat show in Doylestown.  It was a fun night and I loved viewing all the artwork.  Many of the artists were in attendance and there were also some creative costumes. I feel special to have been a part of this show. The art I displayed is below.
I found this photo at an antique store and couldn't put it down.  This girl spoke to me in an eerie way.  She reminded me of one of my daughter's friends....as if she lived another life before her present one. I held on to this picture for a long time before I figured out what her role in the art world would be.  When I look through boxes of old photos I want to release all the people who are captured in time there. I want their existence to be out in the world and not confined to a dusty box. I don't always know where each person's photo will end up so I look at the photos alot.  Some end up in a piece and the rest remain together until their turn arrives.  While these vintage images wait together I like to imagine that they are mingling in a way they never did in real life. 

I created this piece specifically for the show. I am still in my women as vessels phase so I wanted to make one that was spooky. There are many details in this image that I hope you will be able to see if you enlarge the image. The clouds across her eyes are to add an ethereal effect. I wanted her to have an Elizabethan style about her and that is reflected in her collar and head dress. I always loved the wedding dress of Lucy Westinra in the Dracula movie with Winona Ryder. The collar of her dress came to mind while I was creating this piece. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

ICE 19

It's been so long since I've posted something.
 I don't think anyone has noticed though!! :)
I thought I'd share the website for the ICE 19 entries.  This art show is so unique and the artwork submitted is fantastic!

The site is ICE 19
 and this link is to the page that my artwork is featured on. The premise of this show is that the artist can submit collage art for display in the show in New Zealand.  The art then goes to a museum and will be added to their collage collection.  This year the museum is in France! I feel so honored to have a piece of art on display in New Zealand and in France.  All artists who submit also take part in a collage exchange. Minus the piece for the show and for sale, the rest of collages submitted will be shared with other artists.  I'm so excited to see what collage artwork I get in the mail.  Dale Copeland is the curator and artist behind all of this.  She must have so much planning, work and organizing to do around the ICE.  She's done a fabulous job.

Look around at all the "rooms" and enjoy all the many varied collages. Maybe it will inspire you to create your own........

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Art and Wine Festival





  This will be a fun evening.  I'm trying to figure out how to set up my art. My brother in law is graciously lending me some tables.  I'm not sure how to display the art on the tables in a creative but not overly busy way.  I have 11 pieces that I am going to display.....should it be an even number? There's something more quirky about having an odd number.

   I have been trying to decide whether or not to keep my Etsy shop. It has been fun to have but I don't know if I am being overly confident in thinking that my art will sell frequently enough to maintain it on Etsy. I think I've maxed out the kind friends who purchased art when I first opened the shop. I think I will add the last few pieces I've created and then see what happens.

http://www.hatbororesidents.com/art-wine-festival

Converge Gallery

 



   The Converge Gallery in Westport, PA is currently running a show called Zeitgeist. I decided to take a chance and entered my artwork The Harmony of Dark and Light.  I didn't create it with the intention of having a political zeitgeist theme but it fits perfectly.  I am so excited that my art was chosen.  Go to the homepage of the gallery website to see the other art in the exhibit. There are some neat pieces.

Here is the link to the artwork on the Converge Gallery's website:
https://convergegallery.com/?artwork=the-harmony-of-dark-and-light-kate-cahill-vansuch



Statement: Mixed media is always right.  Every texture, layer and color chosen become part of the final piece of art. What doesn’t initially appear right becomes a layer that builds up to the final work of art. The mixed media art I create combines themes of the present and includes pictures of the past.  The combination of the two is compatible because many of the themes of today are not new-they are just a different variation. I believe that art sends messages and speaks to people.  Perhaps a different viewpoint of a familiar theme will speak to someone in an unexpected way.  Who knows where that can lead?

The “The Harmony of Dark and Light” addresses the emotional state of many Americans regarding current political activity.  Perhaps by embracing and nourishing both the dark and the light sides of ourselves and the world in general, we will determine how to move forward so we can all live in a state of harmony. 

3 Vases



Can we speak in flowers.
it will be easier for me to understand.  –Nayyirah Waheed

I always think of women in factors of three. Perhaps it is because I have two sisters.
I definitely think I would understand the world better if we all spoke in flowers. It would be a more peaceful place at least. And our brains would be so pretty.

These 3 vases revealed unique women’s faces as I created them. The floral arrangements in each one are collaged.