Artist Kat Silver

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Sketch #5 : “Lost your Head”

Sketch #5 : in this series, staying with the idea of finding balance, my role as a Mommy, a wife, an artist and as “me” alone with my private thoughts – sometimes it feels like I get pulled in so many different directions I don’t have a “me” left at the end of it all. DSCF1028

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Sketch #4

This is a yoga move, tree pose I think, one of my many favorites. If I were to title this drawing it would be ” Glass Half Full”

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Sketch # 2 & 3

Day 2 of my new venture of 50 days of sketching. I guess I am sticking with this theme (for now, not sure where my drawing will take as the 50 days unfold but…)the theme of balance, women balancing themselves, in harmony with themselves, mirroring and finding alignment with another. I think both figures are the same person, thats the feel I get, finding that balance within, with yourself, knowing exactly what you want and who you are and loving and accepting yourself. These are all things I am seeing and feeling here. DSCF0960

Below is Day 3 of my 50 days of sketching! I really like the way this one came out, I like the flow and the tension it has, like the women could slip or tip at any moment. So this drawing also is about “Balance”  ,as a mother I am always challenged by my day to day duties and responsibilities. Trying to juggle the care taking of my two little ones , house cleaning, and other domestic duties with the self care I need to do (like exercising, finding time to meditate or read) seems almost near darn impossible at times. Not to mention finding the time to create art which is so important, if I don;t make art I feel thirsty for it. for me it is a necessity!

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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 http://www.shamanicjourney.com/rabbit-power-animal-symbol-of-creativity-intution-paradox-and-fear

 "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

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

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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,

if you want to see more – come see my facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/artistkatjohnston 

Also if you are interested in learning more about me and seeing more of my artwork, please visit my main website http://katjohnston.yolasite.com  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!

Online Art Auction : Fundraiser! Starts tomorrow!

Life is exciting and also frightening at times.  My life has been quite the adventure in the last year, I have moved three times, once from Philly to Baltimore, then Baltimore we were evicted and needed somewhere to go, so we came to Indianapolis to stay with family, who then put us out on the street, so we were homeless (and pregnant) floating around for a few months, until we finally moved in to our current apt in Carmel, IN, a nice safe town to have our baby and hopefully a more stable life.

Our first child is expected to arrive any day now, her due date is Sept 20th, only few weeks away and we still are not where we need to be financially.  We don’t have the funds we need to buy some of the most basic things to prepare for her arrival, such as crib, car seat, etc.  Since we moved out to the Midwest away from everyone we know (except for my hubby’s awful family) we don’t really know anyone to have a baby shower with.

SO…. I had this idea!  That I would do “Lil Wynter Fundraiser” an online art auction

Basically I am auctioning off some of my artwork online (facebook event page- link below), I have posted images of the art with details about size and medium.   https://www.facebook.com/events/233432330112926/

Under each picture one can leave comment- in comment section is where you place your bid.  The auction officially starts tomorrow (Monday) but some people have already been laying their claim on the ones they want.  It will run for 3 days, ending at 5pm on Wed.  Whoever has the highest bid- WINS!! Payments will be taken via paypal, (Just like Ebay) and I will mail you your new artwork!

If you don’t want to bid on artwork, but would still like to help… we are also accepting donations, of any amount.  I greatly appreciate your support, maybe I’ll see you at the auction!

First Indianapolis Art exhibit; Joyfully enjoyed!

This past First Friday, July 6th, marked my very first art opening since moving to Indianapolis about 6 months ago.

We spontaneously moved, sadly leaving Baltimore and my very many new friends behind, to start a new chapter in our lives.  After finding out we were going to have our first child, we decided we wanted to be closer to some family.  We packed up our Volvo wagon and arrived 12 hours later.  6 months later now I am finally getting back into the swing of my career as an artist.

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Joyful Noise Recordings hosted this solo exhibit of my mixed media collage work.  Some new work, including one that has photo transfers of my ultrasound that I had done a few months back “Birds & the Bees”, was on display for the first time.  The opening was popping! Many people stopped in and I received positive feedback on my work. 

I am absolutely loving the Murphy Arts Center located in the very hip Fountain Square area of Indianapolis.  1043 Virginia Ave.  There were lots of art openings, music and audio-visual art events all happening right in the same building, a collection of art studios & galleries.  I hope to be able to do more shows there! Lots of great energy and people! To see some pics from the opening : facebook.com/artistkatjohnston

 

Fun-a-day exhibit up in FULL swing!

Baltimore first annual Fun-a-day exhibit is now on display at Brick Haus Art space located at 2602 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore MD.  Over 40 artists created one piece of art or creative work each day for the entire month of Janurary. 

If you missed the opening that was held last Sat Feb 25th, don’t worry because another celebration for the closing is being planned! Its gonna be even bigger and better then the opening!The Closing Reception is going to be on March, 22, 6-11pm. For more info and updates check out the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/314873355200904/

The project I did for the Fun-a-day show was a series of bunny-themed collages.  This project was inspired by the rabbit as a power animal spirit guide into the shadow world. Rabbits symbolize many things but as a spirit guide the rabbit teaches us to face our fears and stop repeating the same patterns.  Each day for the entire month of Jan 2012 one mixed media collage was created.  Each day the rabbit multiples, subtlety taking more and more  space and invading the environments of each scene. The artwork can be viewed and purchased at my website:  http://katjohnston.yolasite.com/bunny-a-day-project.php  Also pictures of the bunny collages can be seen at Artist: KatJohnston facebook fan page.  If you plan to attend the closing and want to pick up artwork in person rather then having it shipped to you, then paypal via email request is better then using the paypal option on the website since the website automatically adds shipping to the cost.  Each bunny collage is $30.  If you have any questions please email me at kathrynjohnst@gmail.com

Upcoming event: Art Opening this Thursday Jan 5th

Solo exhibit of all my most recent mixed media collages. Some of the work is brand NEW, first time ever to be seen in public!

 Contemporary, emotive art that explores nature & the complex universal human experience. To see more of my work, visit: http://katjohnston.yolasite.com
WHEN: Thursday Jan 5th from 7pm till 9pm

WHERE:  Dougherty’s Pub  in Mt.Vernon, Baltimore- located at 223 W. Chase st.  (Right next store to Utrect Art supplies store,  across street from RiteAid.

For more info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/269955403063432/

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