Kathryn Stedham is recognized for her strong gestural style, which incorporates a rich array of mark-making and painterly surfaces culminating from a lifetime of painting. Stedham’s paintings and monoprints have been featured in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Her awards include multiple National Endowment for the Arts awards, fellowships and public art commissions. Earlier this year, Stedham completed an Artist Residency Fellowship at the Rio Mesa Center, a University of Utah field-based program that emphasizes ecology and the environment.
"My paintings accrete from a system of drips, scraping and incising, not unlike the natural process of erosion and deposition occurring in the landscape around us. Just what can we discover about what is uncovered, or revealed? My inspiration is drawn from the likes of explorers, scientists and philosophers traversing great unknowns. Much like a journey without end, or finding the center of an onion, my life and work are a series of excavations with nothing, or perhaps everything, to find.”
~ Geoff Wichert, 15 Bytes, Feb. 2010
The artist is a longtime student in the Sanbo lineage of Zen Buddhism. Stedham currently divides her time between southern Utah and Santa Fe, NM.
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