Kate Kretz is a textile artist from Washington, D.C.
“One of the functions of art is to strip us bare, reminding us of the fragility common to every human being across continents and centuries. Often, I will meet someone, and the visible weight of his or her life becomes almost unbearable to me, it rips me open. The objects that I make are an attempt to articulate this feeling.
There is a real darkness to Kate’s work, but it’s an understated darkness. Her choice of materials has often has a tangible connection to the pieces she has made and there are hints of obsession in some of the works.
Technically I think they are remarkable – using human hair as a material must require delicate patience and the mass of french knots in the Final Word is further testament to Kate’s conscientious approach to her work. It’s really terrific work.
She also has a solo exhibition at Hardcore Art Contemporary Space in Miami until July 7th. If you can’t make it, you can check out the work on Flickr.
The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.