Studio Sixty Six
Kathryn Shriver  

Kathryn Shriver

KATHRYN SHRIVER

Kathryn Shriver is a painter and fibres artist currently living and working in Montreal. She has an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University (Montreal) and a BA in Studio Arts from Wells College (Aurora, NY). She has also studied in New York and Paris and has shown work in several spaces across the United States and Canada.

Artist Statement
My work focuses on the ways in which the specificity of materials and making processes plays in to the valuing of made works on the shifty spectrum between Art and Craft. I make pieces that vibrate between the languages of Painting and various forms of Craft in order to frustrate and expose the contradictory and culturally loaded hierarchy of value that separates these categories. My most recurrent material, handmade beadwork, has been specifically significant to my research on the instability of divisive lines between different categories of artmaking. The history of beads is heavy linked with histories of colonialism, femininity, labor, costume, and craft. In my most recent work, I examine the craft methods and materials of the fashion and interior design industries for their ability to both compliment and antagonize Art as an institutional category. These industries bring up three major points of frustration for the art world: function, decoration, and trendiness. Accordingly,  aux finishes, glamorous metallics, and functional objects (hooks, shelves)  feature in this work. The delineations between good and bad taste, the timeless and trendy, the crafted and created are aggravated to upend institutional and  historical assertions of categorical hierarchies between fields of cultural creativity.

Artist C.V.

Gold Fold
Pillow in the Morning
Glam Cushion
Floating Display
Handbag
Untitled (Fringe)
Armature
Panic struck at the athenaeum; I ripped out pages from every book and shoved them down my throat
Babes need angels in this city, but who can tell who's who?