Kathryn Geismar
www.geismarart.com
 
The best paintings I have made are ones that I have had to destroy along the way.  Something authentic is unearthed in the undoing and subsequent submission to the process and the materials.  

While I have subject matters in mind, it is in the construction/destruction process that the true subject emerges.  I am forced to reckon with the important interplay between aspects of art-making that are out of my control and those that are tangibly at my fingertips.

In an echo of this process, my work explores unexpected transformations from which I would otherwise wish to look away.  From human-scale events such as personal illness, to broader-scale incidents such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, I am drawn to the rich and unanticipated beauty that can can stem from such surprising sources.

In my most recent series, Aftermath, I have turned this investigation inwards, portraying the layered and complex experience of illness after a diagnosis of cancer.  The paintings and collages use fragments of journal entries, drawings from family photos and self-portraits made while I was in treatment. There are obfuscations and exposed places, words that can be read and those that are hidden. The pieces include painted panels, mylar, inks, oil paints, acrylics, colored pencil, and tape in compositions that echo the tenuousness and uncertainty of the experience.

Kathryn Geismar is an artist and psychologist living in Somerville, Massachusetts.  Her work has been shown at Sloane Merrill Gallery, Bromfield Gallery, and Galatea Fine Arts.
 

Kathryn Geismar
The Crit Lab Kathryn Geismar
"Myth of Gravity," 2018, oil and paint marker on canvas, 48" x 48"

The Crit Lab Kathryn Geismar
"Center of Gravity," 2018, oil on canvas, 48" x 48"

The Crit Lab Kathryn Geismar
"Untitled," 2018, oil, acrylic, india ink, mylar, and tape on paper, 30" x 22"

The Crit Lab Kathryn Geismar
"Canary," 2018, oil, acrylic, india ink, pencil, mylar, and tape on paper, 30" x 22"

The Crit Lab Kathryn Geismar
"Bittersweet," 2018, oil, acrylic, india ink, pencil, pen, mylar, and tape on paper, 30" x 22"

The Crit Lab Kathryn Geismar
"Untitled," 2018, oil, acrylic, india ink, colored pencil, mylar, and tape on paper, 30" x 22"

The Crit Lab Kathryn Geismar
"Untitled," 2018, oil, acrylic, india ink, pencil, and mylar on paper, 30" x 22"

The Crit Lab Kathryn Geismar
"A Step Away," 2018, oil, acrylic, india ink, colored pencil, mylar, and tape on paper 30" x 22"