Kathryn Refi - Artist
Protean Boundaries
This recent body of work addresses the underlying framework of the grid, which for me is emblematic of reason, the scientific method, and objectivity, and how it relates to the organic nature of life. The grid is hard edged, definitive and static, present at the macro level of the layout of our city streets down to the pixels on our screens. Within an art context the grid makes me think of the cool formalism of the sculptures of Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd. I'm interested in taking this geometric framework and warming it up a bit -­ personalizing it by applying it to my body, then reshaping, manipulating, and tilting it to create new forms and spaces. I play with the edges of my body to create an elasticity within the imposed structure, seeing how the curves of my body can be rearranged within straight lines. I investigate how much space my body takes up in this world, how much space I choose to occupy and what shapes my body can become. Do we as individual entities end at the edges of our physical bodies or do we extend beyond them? The seemingly empty and negative space around us can be as important as that of our physical selves.