Kate Stewart recently completed a month-long residency at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. This is her first sabbatical after 11 years of teaching in the Department of Art and Design at West Chester University.
The body of work she concentrated on is a series of paintings that arrived out of a daily meditation practice focusing on her interests in light, color, and space. In her paintings, you will see a relationship to peripheral sounds and thoughts referenced through color blips and surface shifts, which interrupt the placid serenity of the sky-like gradients of color.
Even though Stewart is acutely aware of painting from a formal and historical perspective, she relies heavily on intuition. She has come to realize that slowing down is necessary for the work to evolve. While at Vermont Studio Center, she has also been able to continue research of the anonymous painters of tsakali meditation cards and Tantric paintings, as well as the work of Hilma af Klint.
Kate Stewart's work is currently on view at The Yard, a co-working space located on 11th and Market in Center City Philadelphia. She has had exhibitions at Dickinson College, Drexel University, West Chester University, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia, amongst others. Click here to visit her artist page and learn more.