through my work I strive to convey a kind of meaningful chaos
a place where meticulousness meets free and uninhibited expression
I am drawn to organic matter and processes
yet I like structure and boundaries (sometimes fleeting or illusory)
the liminal has been of interest to me for some time
it is a state that is ambiguous and somewhat hidden;
whereas with subliminal things are unconscious, liminal is barely perceptible
a state of being in-between or at a threshold
sometimes boundaries between worlds are well defined
liminal suggests a spaciousness of between, usually hazy or fuzzy
like transitions from dreaming to wakefulness or dark to light,
a place of knowing but not knowing why
I seek to enter/depart/describe this transitional space through landscapes near and far
having grown up in the Pacific Northwest of North America I feel deeply rooted and grounded in its magnificent landscape
yet my inherent restlessness compels me to travel, literally and figuratively
in the sense of having been, for as long as I can remember, trying to stay in and wanting to leave, a place or condition or process, I experience the liminal
. alternate statement
Kate Petty (née Fluckinger) was born in West Seattle - where she currently resides. Her first friends were the tall Douglas firs in her backyard.
Her favorite work outside painting is as a volunteer providing confidential emotional support to women living in prison.
If you would like to support her expanding this prison project, please be in touch!
. Kate’s other hat : interpreting the language of stars + seasons