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Katherine Mitchell: Hearing the Trees, Chapter III

Aug 7, 2021 - Oct 2, 2021
12pm - 4pm

About the Exhibition

“These works began when I discovered that a white oak in front of my house had become diseased. This series of paintings/drawings on paper were begun as talismans for the tree, and for me. As I worked, this tree began to symbolize all trees and our endangered environment. For some years I had tried to reconcile my concerns in visual art, and my environmental concerns. This door opened for me with this body of work. My research involves many walks in the woods, as well as reading numerous books on the subject, and my own journaling. My approach is poetic, rather than didactic. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, ‘A forest is in all mythologies a sacred place.'”

–Katherine Mitchell

The exhibition includes both never before shown artwork, and works previously exhibited between 2017 and 2018 at the Turchin Center, Appalachian State University (North Carolina) and The College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia.

About the Artist

Katherine Mitchell (b. 1944 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an Atlanta-based artist who received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and an MFA from the Georgia State University. Mitchell has exhibited extensively in Atlanta, across the United States, and abroad. She has had more than 20 solo exhibitions, including a major solo exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in 2005, and her first museum solo exhibition at Factory/Kunsthalle/Krems in Austria in 2006. In 2007, Atlanta City Gallery East held a retrospective exhibition that spanned 32 years of Mitchell’s career. Her work has been collected by numerous museums, including the High Museum, MOCA GA, the Carlos Museum, the Speed Museum in Louisville, KY, and the Arkansas Art Center. She has exhibited widely, with exhibitions in the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters in New York. Mitchell was one of three recipients of the 2010-2011 Working Artist Project award from MOCA GA, funded by The Charles Loridans Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a retired Senior Lecturer in Drawing & Painting at Emory University, where she taught for 29 years.

Image: Detail of The Felled Forest with Ghost Trees, 2020, Acrylic, gouache, ink, graphite, and chine colle on Arches watercolor paper, 41 x 29 inches, by Katherine Mitchell

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