Photographer and mixed-media artist Kathleen Brennan from Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, is Artist-in-Residence October 2013.
Kathleen’s diverse body of work explores the idea of the transformative process of our world, both culturally and environmentally. She’s interested in capturing the beauty of the subtle – in both her landscapes and portraits.
She has photographed the high plains deserts decimated by the dust storms of the 1930s, the surgical scars on a woman undergoing breast cancer treatment, and the changing appearance of a man dying of AIDS. Her work tenderly exposes the vulnerability and strength of these diverse subjects in order to evoke a protective response from her viewers – with empathy comes action and advocacy.
While in-residence, Kathleen intends to document the four elements – earth, water, fire and air – as they sculpt the environment of the Grand Canyon ecosystems. She’ll be working with soundscapes, video and time-lapse photography to create final work that expresses the transitory nature of the desert southwest, as well as the slow processes that literally and figuratively shape how people view this rarest of landscapes.
During her residency, Kathleen will work with the local high school art students on a hands-on photography project. Park Headquarters will host an exhibit of Kathleen’s photographic pigment prints from September 2nd – 30th; open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kathleen will also present an artist talk during an Evening Program on October 11th, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. at Shrine of the Ages.