About the Artist
I am the daughter of do-it-yourselfers who fixed, built and sewed both as past-time, but also as means to provide for their family. My art serves as a vehicle for reflecting and looking both forward and back in time. I work in two dimensions with typical drawing/painting materials reacting to the physical landscape around me: watercolor, ink, graphite. Over time the two dimensional work has transpired to include handwritten text, projected images and small sculptural objects.
Through my work I invite viewers to reflect in the narrative and think about their own personal landscape: who we are, the stories we tell, the objects we collect, the impressions we make and the contributions we create for the world.
Water is the calming conduit across my work and the objects I depict become metaphors for lived experiences. The GuardLife series began in response to a family loss and the ensuing grief. A lifeguard stand provides a sense of safety. Its typical environment includes open sky and stretches of water, both vast and full of wonderment. But overturned in the sand at the end of the season, it begs uncertainty. Making images of the lifeguard stand over and over again provides solace and speaks to the repetitive nature of grief. You have to keep deciding over and over again where to go from there.
Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite is a Chicago based visual and teaching artist whose work serves as a vehicle for reflecting and looking both forward and back in time. She works in various media (watercolor/ink, hand written text, projections and sculptural objects), incorporating stories, objects, memories and elements from her surrounding landscape.
Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute. She has created a number of public art commissions and been the recipient of several grants from the City of Chicago. Her work was selected to promote the New York and Boston Marathons for four consecutive years and she has pieces in several private and corporate collections. A proud native of Chicago, Kathryn lives with her husband Duey, and juggles her time between her studio practice, arts teaching and managing projects for Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx)