“My recent work explores images based on text becoming an abstract language that creates a visual form in the paintings,” Keller says. “Along with mixed media and collage, the work moves within and around this controlled randomness without embracing traditional representation.”
Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Keller graduated from Arizona State University with a BFA in Environmental Design. She spent most of her 20s exploring the world with her husband, and worked as a television series stylist in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a interior designer in San Francisco and various locations of the Bay Area.
After those seven years of travel, Keller continued her studies at the College of Marin, and has painted and sculpted ever since. Keller lives in Sausalito and works out of a studio at the historic Industrial Center Building.
“When I reflect on my art I sometimes think of the quote, ‘the world is my oyster,’ not in the sense that was originally intended, but rather in terms of the layers of development necessary to produce a pearl,” SHE SAYS. “An important part of how I create involves leaving traces of evolution at every step along the way. As a result, each work of art can be appreciated not only as a completed piece, but also as evidence of the various stages involved in its completion. In other words, how something is achieved is just as important as the achievement itself.”
The 411: Kathryn Keller exhibits her “Horizons” paintings at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton) throughout November, with a wine reception on November 1 (6–8pm) as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission‘s First Tuesday Artwalk. Here’s the First Tuesday Artwalk Guide with venues and a map.