Kathleen Ross was motivated to use digital art because it is environmentally responsible, it does not require abundant studio space, and it allows great flexibility in experimentation. She has created several photorealistic pieces of people, changing the composition with different objects and images to create a narrative specific to people.
“I love portraiture as a baseline for my work. Once I choose my subjects, I incorporate the narrative aspect of the artwork by overlaying other images onto the portraits. Then I begin a process of synthesizing the images into a new piece.”
Her piece in the Buttonwood Art Space CONNECTION show, “The Boys in the Ouchy Pink Flower Jackets,” explores our relationship with the fashion industry. After Kathleen viewed a fashion exhibit at a local museum, she noticed the intricacy of the embroidery on the men’s jackets and admired the labor-intensive hand stitching. Later that same year, a student revealed that she worked at a factory in the St. Louis area where she labeled 10,000 t-shirts an hour or risked losing her job—often missing school. We acknowledged that people benefit from her work without understanding its impact on laborers like her. For Kathleen, disentangling from this pervasive system seemed nearly impossible.
While creating this piece, she replicated the feeling of labor-intensive work by individually drawing each flower and line on the piece. This unseen work is less apparent, being disguised by the image—a symbolic gesture about the invisibility of the workers within the fashion industry, people like her student.
To see additional works by Kathleen, visit www.scholarlyartistgallery.com or https://geogalleries.com/ksaalfeld/.
Join Jewish Family Services for a summer of art online in collaboration with Buttonwood Art Space!
July 3 to September 24, 2020
Connection, An Art Benefit for JFS brings local and regional artists together to share their artwork and their commitment to help JFS fund the ever-changing needs of the individuals and families we welcome through our doors each day. In addition to receiving 50% of all artwork sales, Jewish Family Services will host several special online events.
Small-Group Art Show Tours – Available by appointment
Buttonwood Art Space is a community-focused art space and gallery located within the Buttonwood building in Midtown Kansas City. JFS is proud to partner with Buttonwood to help meet the critical needs of our neighbors in greater Kansas City.