Kathryn Shriver is a visual artist from Western New York. Her work spans across painting, sculpture, drawing, video, and writing, but is founded in the methods and legacies of the fiber arts. Kathryn holds a BA in Studio Arts from Wells College (Aurora, NY) and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University (Montreal), and has also received training from the Art Students League in New York and as a copyist in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. She has attended residencies with the Vermont Studio Center, MOMUS, and Sager Braudis Gallery (Columbia, MO). Her work has been shown across the United States and Canada, including with Studio Sixty Six (Ottawa, ON), Tempus Projects / CUNSTHAUS (Tampa, FL), and Gallery 621 (Tallahassee, FL), Sager Braudis Gallery, and her upcoming 2022 solo exhibition with Vermont Studio Center’s Red Mill Gallery.
Kathryn's work is based in a curiosity about her relationships with taste and making as a woman from a white, working-class family steeped in values of bootstrapping, social climbing, and self-assimilation. Heightened by the friction between her academic background in painting and my longstanding interest in domestic craft inherited from her mother and grandmother, the tensions between which practices, materials, and makers are deemed creatively viable guides the questioning at the heart of her practice. Both playful and interrogative in intention, her work calls up different cultural and aesthetic hierarchies with the ultimate desire to acknowledge and trouble the ways in which these are informed and upheld by biased structures of power and oppression. Towards this end, Kathryn's art practice has largely been a method of self-interrogation, recovery, and realignment around her varied familial, academic, and cultural inheritances through a loving consideration for different kinds and classes of materials.