Artist Kat Silver

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New Artwork : “Ascending Into Consciousness”

Recently I decided to return to painting without the collage elements added. I have always be inspired by and interested in Surrealist art, some of my influences are Dali, Max Ernst, and Giorgio de Chirico. This painitng is the first of what I imagine will be many, I was inspired by one of my collages in the series I did called 100 Days of Bunnies, where each day I did a collage mixed media piece starting with one bunny and each day another bunny was added so by the end of the project I had 100 bunnies!!! It actually ended up taking a lot more then 100 days. I think it was closer to 5- 6 months. It was alot of fun, WHY all those bunnies?? Rabbit has become my power animall, spirit guide so to speak.To read more of

 "Ascending Into Consciousness" Acrylics on wood 8" by 10"

“Ascending Into Consciousness” Acrylics on wood 8″ by 10″

This new artwork explores what might be happening behind the scenes in our subconscious

 mind. How do thoughts andfeeling travel from the depths of the internal world and reach our

 conscious mind, where as we suddenly become aware of them or have an idea or inspiration?

 Are they just random chemical reactions? Neurons firing? is that all it is? I would like

to imagine the thoughts, feelings and ideas are alive, that they have will and have a journey

 to make i order to reach consciousness. The bunnies represent ideas, desires, feeling, memories

and other sorts of things that might arise from the depths of the psyche and make the journey to

consciousness. There is one very tiny one who is almost to the top

(climbing the stairs) to awareness which is represented by the house. All of this is taking place

 inside the “host” or puppet like person you see suspended in front of you. “She” is idle,

bystander, she is unaware of that which is taking place. But what if we could be more aware?

What if we could become more aware of the thoughts, memories, drives that mold and

shape our reality? I worked for about 7 years as an Art Therapist after completing my

Masters at Drexel. In Philly I had the privilege and honor of witnessing up close and very

personal many people’s mental processes and struggles but also their successes!

I have always been so intrigued with how the mind and human psyche functions. C.G. Jung 

is also a huge influence and interest of mind. His ideas and theories about Collective Unconscious

speak to me on so many levels. I feel like I have still so much to learn and explore in this area.

 I am interested to hear what this piece evokes in you? What aresome of your thoughts,

 associations to the images and symbols? I think the coolest thing about art is that it

 can have so many layers of symbolism, can mean so many things and for each person

coming from their unique experience will see it in a way that is meaningful to them.

Please share your thoughts! Thanks for reading mine!

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100 under $100 at 3040 Indie Gallery

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November 17th: My first show back after having a

baby (just 2 months prior) was held at a very 2012-11-17 19.17.33cool art space, 3040 Indie, for the 2nd annual 100 under $100 show.  A group of artists each had a section of wall that they could fill with their work, only requirement being it had to be priced under $100.

I was excited to display my most recent work which     starred my precious baby girl.  I was also thrilled to have her there with me.  She totally 2012-11-17 18.25.37stole the spotlight but I didn’t mind one bit.  I am definitely one proud momma and was happy to show her off.  We had coordinating outfits, black and white stripes in her shirt matched my black and white striped stockings.

I enjoyed mingling and chatting with the other artists in the show.  Someone liken this show to a house party with art.  It was cozy and intimate as people walked through and

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soaked up all the art that filled the place.  I enjoyed being part of this experience, it was only up for one night unfortunately and I know many missed it but there is always next year! 2012-11-17 19.31.09

Baby making & bunny themed art show opening

In honor of the fact the my first child is soon to be born, (due date just a few weeks away!) I decided for the Sept exhibit at Blue Wren studio, that I would devote the

Prolificacy art exhibit

entire theme to baby making and bunnies.  We titled the exhibit “Prolificacy” playing on the idea of bunnies being prolific and procreating often!  The opening was First Friday Sept 7th, and we had a great turn out! Held at Murphy Arts Center building in Fountain Square area-  1043 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203. If you haven’t been to a First Friday at Murphy Arts center yet, make it down there next time because there are always tons of great art exhibits, music and events!

We decided for fun to raffle off an original Kat Johnston mixed media collage, tickets were only $1, and the raffle was a fun, exciting way for First Friday comers to get involved! People really like the idea of winning artwork at the end of the night! The piece we raffled off was called “Gracefulness” (shown right), mixed media collage measuring 6″ by 6″.

I met a lot of really awesome people, my artwork was


received well. Sold a couple small pieces before the evening was over and


several people expressed interest in purchasing work from me through my website or at a later time.  I also received interest not only in my art but in my practice as an energy healer, Reiki practitioner.   I am looking forward to connecting with people and seeing where things go.  This was my 2nd Indy art exhibit, but I hope to do many more. Especially since I have only just moved here from Philly about 7 months ago, there are still so many connections to make and people to meeting Indy’s art community.  I feel very grateful for Blue Wren’s support in having me display my work and for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.

Here are some photos from the opening,

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Also if you are interested in learning more about me and seeing more of my artwork, please visit my main website  All of the work that is currently on display at Blue Wren is up for sale  & on my website you can purchase art using paypal.  I regularly update my site with new artwork, as well as upcoming shows and events!

Some small work but BIG ideas

Recently I , Kat Johnston, mixed media collage artist living and working in Baltimore,   have been working more on a small scale.  Typically my paintings and mixed media work ranges between 40″ by 40″ (being the largest I have ever worked- excluding wall paintings and murals) Originally it was spurred on by two juried shows I was making work for  one in Annapolis for Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) and the other show in

"Genetic Expression" 6" by 6"

Philadelphia at Off the Wall gallery , both were small work themed.  I completed and submitted first small work “Degeneration”measuring 8″ by 10″ which was accepted into the MFA exhibit that is opening in first week of Dec.  Then I worked on even smaller pieces for the Philadelphia juried show at Off the Wall that maximum

"Logic & Theorems" 6" by 6"

inches were set at 6″.  So scaled down just a bit more.  I completed and submitted 4 pieces (Genetic Expression, Logic & Theorems, Lasting Impressions and Uprooted)  for the exhibit “Intimate Worlds” at Off the Wall gallery which also opens in Dec.  These new works explore  the universal human connection by looking at the physical form, our bodies and DNA.  That despite all us humans coming from the same origin and beginnings, how drastically separate and isolated we feel.


"Lasting Impressions" 6" by 6"

Another theme explored in this

work is that we put on a persona to play a role in the world but behind all the “dressing up”, lights and cameras we are just flesh, blood and raw emotions.  This was shown in the use of the paperdoll images, with blank empty

"Uprooted" 4" by 6"


I found I really enjoyed working small, challenging to see how much I could have going on and the stories I could tell.  Even after completing the work I intended to submit to these two art exhibits, I find I am still preferring this smaller scale way of working, there is something very intimate and detailed orientated about it.  Every little mark carries such heavy weight and significance because of how small the space is that you are working with.  I decided to making even smaller and smaller pieces, not for any

"Run away" - from MINI art series

show, just for the fun and challenge of it.  I made several mixed media collages mounted on

Series of even smaller work, I call "MINI Art"

book board measuring as small as 2   1/2″ by 2   1/2″. I found these to be very fun and I currently have them hanging up around my Art studio space.


To see more of my mixed media collage work and to find out where and when my upcoming exhibits are happening, visit my website at
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