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Kathy Butterly Lecture

"Harmonious-Parasitic-Invaders" presented on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in BBOX

Posted 01.01.09 by MICA Media Relations

Portrait of artist Kathy Butterly in studio.

"Deranged elegance," "freaks and beauties," and "sensuous and creepy" are phrases that have been used to describe the work of artist Kathy Butterly. In this talk, presented by MICA's ceramics department, Butterly will discuss the techniques and inspiration behind her small-scale, sculptural vessels. She will present images of past pieces as well as works in progress.

Butterly, who describes her own work as figurative and also as self-portraits, says she never thought she was going to work with clay. "I actually thought (ignorantly) that clay was for making (only) pottery," she wrote in a biography statement.

Butterly was planning on a painting career until she encountered the work and art-making process of sculptor Viola Frey (1933-2004), who was a guest artist at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, where Butterly was studying.

"There was an exhibition of her work in the college gallery, which I thought was great," Butterly wrote. "But what really sold me was her demonstration of how she made her work. She was so macho, smart, and giving ... she blew me away."

Butterly received a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in 1986 and MFA from University of California at Davis in 1990.

She describes her newer work as starting to feel like figure/landscapes involving outside elements. "Maybe I would call these ‘harmonious-parasitic-invaders,'" Butterly says.

The artist, who is married to painter/sculptor Tom Burckhardt, is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City and exhibits work at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif.