Space and time are always the subject for the painter. I paint the same motifs, so that they become part of my body memory. I search for a way to communicate both the cohesive and fractured experience of the landscape — changes that take place over seconds and years. I am looking for ways to express the time of shifting light, the recognition that every moment is different than the one before, and that those moments also co-exist. When objects touch and overlap, tension intensifies, dissolves and resolves. Through imagery that shifts between disintegration and integration, I intend to communicate the nature of memory.
Kate Emlen is a painter who spends her time between Norwich, Vermont and Brooksville, Maine. She earned an MFA from Yale and has a background in letterpress printing, graphic design, and printmaking. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center; the International School of Art, Montecastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy; and the Klots International Program for Artists of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Brittany France. Emlen’s work is exhibited in various New England galleries including Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, Maine; the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH; Greenhut Gallery in Portland, Maine; and the George Marshall Gallery in York, Maine.