Compose, Recompose, Decompose: Forming Social Constructs | Kate Hendrickson, Kathy Wright, Mary GrandPre

December 2021

What is the basis for shared assumptions about reality? Using paint, pastel, charcoal, collage, mixed media, and sculptural installation this exhibit discusses our current social constructs and the effect these constructs have on personal relationships and growth. These artists explore the beliefs and practices built over time by society to create order and make sense of the objective world, and more specifically, how these practices benefit or do not benefit individuals. Meanings that are developed in coordination with others or en masse, rather than individually, do not fully take into account unique personalities and their journeys. By practicing compassion, self-searching, and mindfulness, humans can alter the social norm for the better, and as they continue to interact and recompose themselves, create change in the world at large.

Kate Hendrickson’s artwork explores and reconciles feelings of discomfort stemming from her experience of revealing that Judaism is the faith she has chosen. Hendrickson hopes that these works on paper will help everyone feel more comfortable proudly expressing who they really are. https://www.katehendrickson.com/

Kathy Wright creates sculptural installations using paint and discarded lumber. Her process includes formal, conceptual and intuitive decision making. Wright hopes to inspire viewers to rethink relationships, challenge realities and propose alternatives. Through her assemblages, Wright creates conditions in which new constructs can emerge. She hopes to advance not only her own visual language, but also that of a larger body and hopefully, impress an impact upon contemporary culture. https://www.kathywrightstudio.com/

Mary Grandpre began her career as an illustrator with her education at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. While she has illustrated over 20 picture books, she is perhaps best known for her illustrations on the Harry Potter books. Today, her passion for light, color, drawing and design come together in evocative paintings, using a variety of mediums, layers of texture and color, applied in an intuitive manner. With titles such as: Rhythmic Sanctuary, Orbital, Forward, and Peace, Mary explores her life’s journey in relation to nature and spiritual endeavors. http://www.marygrandpre.com/