Kate Kern Mundie: Coming Back
I am an intuitive painter. I approach each painting without a definite plan or an expectation of what I want the end result to look like. Shadows are what draw me to my subjects and define for me what I am to paint. The shadow tells the story and defines the space. I paint the shadows to dominate the composition and build the painting around them. I love bright and luminous color, but I cannot show off how brilliant a color is without the contrasting darkness.
After having been treated for and recovering from cancer, I have come back to painting at the same time I am also coming back to myself. Cancer had left me physically changed and mentally full of doubt. I questioned why was I an artist? Why did I want to paint? Through painting without expectations I found my confidence and acceptance of who I am now.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 15, 2021
CONTACTS: Kate Mundie 267-456-1851, firstname.lastname@example.org or Fred Al Nakib 215-922-5155
LOCATION: F.A.N. Gallery, 221 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA
Kate Kern Mundie: Coming Back at F.A.N. Gallery, July 2 to 30, 2021
During the month of July, F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia will present Coming Back, an exhibition of Kate Kern Mundie’s loosely representational impressionistic paintings.
Featuring nearly forty new paintings, Coming Back is Kate Kern Mundie’s first exhibition since her cancer diagnosis six years ago. Mundie had built a reputation for unapologetically colorful landscape paintings while in her 30s with shows, awards, and artist residences. However, following her cancer diagnosis at 40 and the lengthy treatment and recovery, Kate struggled to find her artistic voice again. Chemotherapy left her thinking clouded and affected her ability to see color. Even the physical act of painting could be exhausting.
In the last three years, Kate has come back into painting and has once again found a bold and vibrant color palette and the use of dynamic light and shadow. With this most recent body of work, she describes her inspiration: “Shadows are what attracts me and tells me this is the thing to paint. The shadow tells the story in a painting, it defines the space. I paint the shadows to dominate the composition and build the painting around them. I love bright and luminous color but I can’t show off how brilliant a color is without the contrasting darkness.”
When coming up with a title for this exhibition, Kate decided to call it Coming Back. Kate said, “I was back to painting again but was also coming back to myself. After cancer, I questioned why was I an artist? Why did I want to paint? Cancer had left me physically changed and mentally full of doubt. Through these paintings, I found my confidence and acceptance of who I am now."
Kate Kern Mundie: Coming Back is on view at F.A.N. Gallery, 221 Arch Street, Philadelphia, from July 2 through 30. An artist reception will be held on Friday, July 30, from 5 to 8:00 p.m. For more information, please visit thefangallery.com or call 215-922-5155.
Image: Kate Kern Mundie, Cypress Street (Wisteria), oil on panel, 14 x 11 inches
Recently, I was rejected from the American Artist Professional League (AAPL). Their reasoning was that my work was too impressionistic and they only accept realism.
I aspire, not only in style but subject, to artists like Hopper and Bellows who are considered American Realist painters. I saw my work as realist in subject and a painting style that walks a line between realism and impressionism but leaned more heavily towards realism.
It is interesting to see how others perceive your work and style. Do I need to rewrite my artist statement? How to I talk about my work? What kind of painter am I, and does a label even matter? I suppose it only matters, if I am applying for shows or networking where there is a designated theme or desired style.
Not much will come in between me and food, but this painting did.
As my family and I were eating dinner, I was watching the sky getting darker and darker until it opened up and poured for about 15 minutes then the sky turned a crazy orange color. I got up from the table looking out the windows trying to get a good view- maybe something I could paint. I ended up walking down the street to get a view of the sky as it moved from a pinky-yellow color to an orange. I did a quick painting, working with large brushes and a pallet knife on a small 8 x 6 inch surface.
Jim and I were recipients of one of the last artist residencies at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village, Nova Scotia. We spent a week in the childhood and spiritual home of Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), former poet laureate of the United States (1949-1950), and winner of the Pulitzer Prize (1956) and National Book Award (1970).
We enjoyed painting, drawing, reading, and taking photos at the house and nearby. It was an inspirational space. The house was full of the work of previous writers and artists who stayed there and books by and about Elizabeth Bishop. The light off the Bay of Fundy and rolling hills of this rural place fueled many paintings.
We extended our art-making trip into Maine and spent another week on Penobscot Bay making more work.
We are back now, finishing work started on the trip, reading back through journal entries and decompressing from a great art making trip.
Unfortunately, after ten years of providing residencies to artists and writers the program has ended. We feel very lucky that we could work in the wonderful space and around Great Village environs.