Kathryn Hunter

Artist Statement:

In this recent work, multiple materials are utilized, each displaying a color, a mark, a texture that explores the subject through symbolism and visual narration. Red wool may touch emotion; a stitch may connect to nostalgia or illustrate a symbol; relief printing may present a pattern; paper cutting may offer a silhouette or shadow. Animals are characters, like those in the folktale tradition, reflecting on false prophecy, violence and pacification, truth and deception, cultural and wealth idolization, and the erosion of our surroundings. This work is an observation of America’s freedom while pondering the destructive nature of its people and their reactions to each other, physically and metaphorically.

About the Artist:

Kathryn Hunter grew up in Decatur, Alabama surrounded by good north Alabama storytellers and embellishers. The best place she ever worked and adventured was in Yellowstone National Park in the early 1990s. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1999, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 2003. Her work has been exhibited across the US. Currently, Hunter operates a letterpress printing business called Blackbird Letterpress in Baton Rouge, where they design, print, and assemble quirky animal shaped getting cards, notebooks and calendars. Her fne art work is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. In 2018, she designed and illustrated 3 nature inspired books for Clarkson Potter (a division of Penguin Random House). In addition, her design work has been commissioned by Metropolitan Museum of Art- New York City, Norton Simon Museum- Los Angeles, and Historic New Orleans Collection among others. Hunter’s work has been published in a multiple of books, including Keeper of the Tale Trilogy novels by Ronlyn Domingue (Atria Books, 2014), Print / Maker: Encyclopedia of Inspiration by Janine Vangool (Uppercase Publishing , 2018), Ladies of Letterpress: A Gallery of Prints, Kseniya Tomas & Jessica White (Princeton Architectural Books, 2015). Her work is part of the permanent collection at Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Sam D Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi, among others. See her fine art work at kathrynhunterfineart.com. Follow along at @kathrynhunterartist & @blackbirdletterpress.

Eyes of the World, 2019

letterpress, embroidery, wool appliqué, laser cut vintage postcards


34. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking, 2019

letterpress, laser cut vintage postcards


Acquiescence of Sight, 2019

embroidery, wool appliqué, painted  laser cut steel


Can’t Breathe, 2017

blackened laser cut steel, wool, sewing, linocut Chimney Swifts mounted on wood  

approximately 11′ x 15′

Everyday Mourning, 2019

embroidery, wool appliqué, blackened and painted laser cut steel


False Prophet- Wolf & Snakes, 2019

embroidery, wool appliqué, relief printing on cotton


False Prophet- Blue Bear, 2019

embroidery, wool appliqué, glow in the dark thread, relief printing


Third Eye, 2019

relief printing on linen, embroidery


Salvation, 2020

wool appliqué, embroidery, relief printing on silk, laser engraved vintage book covers


Hang On, 2020

paper cut, relief printing, laser engraved vintage book covers


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