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Domesticity and attitude

by Nathalie Parkvall, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Recent Paintings by Katherine Love is the current exhibition at the HPU Art Gallery at the windward campus.

Katherine Love’s work is made of collected pieces of fabrics with domestic patterns (she finds them at Goodwill stores or in her own closet), old family photos, wax, and oil paints.

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The process of Love’s creation involves selecting and sewing patches of fabrics together, transferring photo images onto the fabric, gluing it onto masonite, covering the whole with a protective acrylic coating, and then using wax and oils to create new forms. Inspired by the motifs suggested by the fabric patterns and the photos, each work gradually develops, and can take up to two weeks to complete.

Love likes her work to have “mysterious motifs,” and to “keep the viewer interested,” she said. Speaking of this particular exhibition, the artist said, “I work with imagery that relates to questions of domestic life, childhood innocence, and family connections. Through the use of family photographs I explore how societal expectations of a woman’s place in the world change through time.”

“The hand-stitched fabric remnants enhance associations with domesticity,” Love said, and added that while creating these works, she reflects on “domestic women’s place in the world.” The old family photos help her to remember what her grandmother and great-grandmother thought about issues of women’s identity and freedom. “I am trying to figure out where I am in life and where I’m going in the future,” Love said.

Love’s passion for art ignited in high school, and has worked at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu for the past three years. Love’s exhibition continues through September 28. Admission is free and gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.





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