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    Kathy Park: Sculpture, Painting, Writing, Teaching, and Aikido

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My art career spans almost fifty years. Currently I am represented by my own gallery Dreampower Art Works here in Alamosa, Colorado where Henry and I live and make art. We also show our work at Alamosa Home Furnishings and Fine Art.

My figurative work celebrates the rich human experience of living in our intuively wise and intelligent bodies.  Whether carved wood or stone, colored pencil drawings or paintings, my work is all about embodiment. I believe embodiment is crucial to our times.  Our over-developed world’s decay, disrespect and disembodiment lead us first to a denial of the body and ultimately to a destructive arrogance and dishonoring of the Earth and her diverse inhabitants.  Embodiment, on the other hand, is the source of understanding what it means to be alive and conscious on the Earth, living with purpose, grace, peace and respect for the sacredness of all life.  I intend my strong sensual figures, whether human or animal, to inspire us to listen to and rejoice in the wisdom of our bodies.

My exploration of the figure and questions about embodiment began at an early age.  I grew up surrounded by African woodcarvings and the paintings of my  uncle, Bay Area figurative painter David Park.  My mother’s association with African embassy women brought a colorful stream of robust and voluptuous African women to our house, powerful and comfortable in their bodies.  In contrast to this bodily ease, my family struggled to cope with the difficulties  brought on by the physical handicaps of my father and sister.  Ironically, I have developed vision problems of my own, so it seems that physical challenges are a theme for my family.

Lucky for me, my dedication to working with my hands was strongly supported in my family.  I learned to love the warmth of wood from living in a house full of hand-made furniture crafted by my father and grandfather.  My mother sewed with African fabric, knitted sweaters and made quilts.  Early on, I was encouraged to work with pottery and ceramic sculpture.

A child of the sixties frustrated with the world of academics and the establishment's hypocrisy, I dropped out from college in 1971.  Seeking meaning and practical experience as an artist, I mentored with another uncle, sculptor Gordon Newell.  My long relationship with Gordon and his Sculpture Center became my self-directed art education.  Gordon  introduced me to the puzzle of carving.  Carving is fundamentally different than modeling because carving is a subtractive process;  the option to add back on or to change your mind is not available.  Gordon showed me how to sharpen my chisels, go with the grain, and carve away everything not essential to the form.  He helped me see that the metaphor of carving can be a compass for living:  life itself carves and burnishes us, cutting away unnecessary attachments and slowly honing our souls.  In 2011, I published a memoir based on my apprenticeship with Gordon, entitled Seeing Into Stone: A Sculptor's Journey. To read more about this book, please click on the Books button or click here to see it on Amazon. In 2015, I published a compilation of fiction, non-fiction and short plays entitled Coyote Points the Way: Borderland Stories and Plays available through Amazon by clicking here.

For forty years I have been a practitioner and teacher of the non-violent martial art Aikido.  I hold a second-degree black belt and have taught children, students and adults off and on since 1977.  Aikido and art complement and reinforce each other as powerful ways to study embodiment and creativity. A new manuscript which combines memoir with an exploration of Aikido principles titled Aikido Off the Mat will be published August 2018 by North Atlantic Books. Contact me at the email below to find out the current schedule for Aikido classes.

In 1990, I took all aspects of my work into a federal women’s prison where for four years I directed an innovative and volunteer-run holistic health program for inmates and staff called the Prison Integrated Health Program.  By 2000 I wrote about my prison work and self-published a small home-made edition of  Soaring Over the Wall: A Volunteer’s Collection of Prison Freedom Stories.  It is my hope to revise this book and publish it. 

Much to my surprise, I returned to college in 2003 and graduated with a BA in English/Creative Writing and a Theatre minor in 2007.  I went on to earn an MFA in creative writing/nonfiction from Lesley University in 2010. I teach print-based correspondence courses through Adams State University Extended Studies: Women and Memoir, Communication Arts; The Prison Memoir; and Introduction to Creative Writing. A large portion of my students are incarcerated. I also tutor English and anything having to do with writing throughTrinidad State Junior College.

Galleries

Shaman Mask 12 link to Henry's gallery
Henry's gallery


Reunion link to Kathy's gallery
Kathy's gallery


Quail Spirit Mask link to collaborations
Collaborations

Compression link to Kathy sculpture link to sculptures for sale link to sculptures for sale man's dominion link to sculptures for sale Soulmates link to archived paintings Are You Coming? link to paintings for sale
archived sculptures
sculptures for sale
archived paintings
paintings for sale

 

link to Henry's gallery

Last updated January 18, 2018          Copyright 2009 Dreampower Art Works         13201 Chamisa Trail, Alamosa, CO 81101
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