This exhibition is a dream world of local artists and partners, Kat Francis and Steve Ehret. A collection of collaborative mixed media projects by the creative team of Francis and Ehret transforms CMA’s Milligan Gallery into a Kaleidoscopic Garden.
From the Artists:
Kat Francis is an educator and contemporary mixed media artist from the Midwest. Kat’s work is created by collage-like assemblage of realities, to portray memory, attitude on contemporary culture, personal experience and reflections on society. The trends of change, rebuild and community inspires her current themes in art. Not only does she have a passion for drawing, but also a hungry fascination for her surroundings and social history. Often her work shows depictions of place, specifically the urban landscape along with real life experiences. In these drawings, she uses playful fragments of references that create obscure yet reminiscent narratives. Kat is a M.F.A. graduate from Columbus College of Design (CCAD) and B.F.A. graduate from The Ohio State University.
Self-taught painter Steve Ehret (Monster Steve) is inspired by the natural world, taking in his surroundings on year-round trail runs. He makes careful observations of moss spreading over a fallen tree, or plants reaching towards the sun. The mental notes of these Darwinian scenes inspire the phantasmal settings of his paintings. His goal is not realism, but rather a sense of gravity, whether working in oils, with mixed media, or on a mural.