Kathleen King emphasizes the personal, social, and cultural aspects of collecting and arranging found materials in her exhibition, Other Lives. King explores ideas about value, multiplicity, including the multiple aspects of each person, and the psychological power that objects hold. While comprised of common objects and materials, her work in Other Lives reveals possibilities not found in everyday life. Three sculptures anchor the installation: (Dis)Organized Bodies, two figure-like stacks of plywood cubes filled with found paper detritus; Heart of Glass, a square wood platform supporting a circle of found glass bottles, vases, and jars; and Tree without Roots, a continuous ribbon of tied-together fabric culled from discarded clothing. In addition, a series of paintings made with tape and house paint demonstrate ideas about continuous variation and creative consciousness. The paintings collect intensive marks derived from directional signage or the interweaving of fiber in cloth, among other references.
Kathleen King was born in Oakland, CA and works in Berkeley, CA. She is a visual artist focusing on assemblage, sculpture and installation. Her work explores states of coexistence, contingency and control, drawing attention to how we make our social environments and are, in turn, made by them. King recently had a solo exhibition at Pro Arts Gallery + Commons in Oakland. In 2020, Pro Arts Gallery + Commons published a catalog of her exhibit Kathleen King: Aided, Inspired, Multiplied.