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Kathe Gregory

Pencil-colored photos of reliefs

Artist's Statement:
As a child, my favorite activities were to build structures with my erector set and to color with crayons. My current work is a manifestation of those loves.

For years - with no particular purpose - I have been collecting “junk” I find on the street. Pieces of rusted metal, shards of broken plastic, twisted and flattened wire - all visual treasures. Sometimes I know what these pieces once were: a wooden ice cream spoon, a bottle cap, a washer, a muffler, the head of a hoe - but mostly they are simply mysterious, wonderful textured forms.

I began to play with these pieces, putting several together and glued to form a relief. With these small reliefs - mostly only around 3-4” tall - came the question, what would happen if they were enlarged? So I enlisted my filmmaker husband, Bob Nesson, to photograph them. When printed the results were unexpected and exciting. The colors were sometimes not like the reliefs, the varying textures were intensified and in some cases depth was lost. So I turned to my colored pencils and enhanced them, giving them a distinct and different personality. At each phase I don't know the outcome - but the thrill is finding out.


Enhanced photograph
24" x 36"

Ribbon Crunch
Enhanced photograph
18" x 20"

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