Katherine Ace: GRIMMS’ TALES
January 23-May 15, 2016
Katherine Ace (b. 1953-) began painting at ten and by the time she was fourteen she had a small studio in the basement of her home and had begun to paint daily. After graduating college in 1975 she began working her way across the country. Over the next fifteen years she had eight different jobs and she lived a variety of places: on three US coasts, two mountain ranges, in the remote country and urban city. Finally, she settled in Portland, OR in 1990 and set up a permanent art studio.
The work for the Parthenon exhibit are inspired by Grimms' Fairy tales. Just like Greek myths, these European stories followed an oral tradition until German brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm began collecting and recording them. The first edition was published in 1812. By the seventh edition in 1857 there would be some 200 stories. Those stories reflect the violence, injustice and taboo subjects of the times as well.
Ace, paints large narrative pictures that are full of symbols and surprises. She embeds items in her paints like: safety pins, gold chains, figurines, butterfly wings, zippers and much more. In the attached picture, Hansel & Gretel, Ace used actual cake decorators to apply the frosting on the sweets covering the table.
This exhibit will remain up through May 26, 2016.