Kathy Bruce

Making a Way

Making A Way | Translation
Artists: Linda Bond, Kathy Bruce, Dee Hood, Saskia Krafft, Nathan Margoni, Lake Roberson Newton, TJ Norris, Iviva Olenick, Mandy Cano Villalobos

Kathy Bruce: On her work
Kathy Bruce: How Coronavirus has affected her practice

My work is normally characterized by large-scale outdoor sculpture installations. Almost overnight my practice of traveling to international locations to create public sculptures came to a halt. I was caught by surprise geographically between Scotland, Spain and the US at the onset of the virus and missed my chance to return safely home to my US studio.

My residency project in Spain was suspended. Consequently, as an artist with an autoimmune disease, I ended-up sheltering in place with relatives in England.

My “new indoor studio” here in the Uk is a table from the garage placed at my bedroom window equipped with books, glue, paper, tools and a selection of collected objects from my suitcase. Although I have always made collages as a counterpoint to larger work, I have now adapted the scale of my sculpture practice to tabletop size.

The collages that I am making now are my personal response to the isolation, fear and distancing we are all experiencing as the result of this pandemic.

Kathy Bruce’s work explores mythological forms within the context of poetry, literature and the natural environment. She is a graduate of Yale University and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Bruce is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship, 2 Fulbright-Hayes scholar grants to Peru and a Ford Foundation Grant. She has exhibited her work in the US, UK and internationally including Senegal, Taiwan, Denmark, Peru, France, and Canada.

Kathy Bruce’s collages featured in Making A Way were commissioned by the Oak Spring Garden Foundation.