In my work forms are blown large to the point of torso size, with such words as Shivering, or Langourous deeply etched into the surface. I am interested in the idea of “naming” that leads to possession. For example on a large perfume bottle form, I want that word to "be" the essence. The works, titled Persuasion Series, are meant to convince the viewer of the containment of the uncontainable, the capturing of that which is unattainable, the holding or grasping of that which survives only in our memory, our perception.
Another group of works "Spinner series", though large and virtuoso in execution, hint at the cosmology of a child's toy - magic, possibility, transformation, chance and symbol. There is a ”devotion to small things” echoing Klee’s sentiments, where the expressive point connects to each other through a deep sense of wonder in the human experience.
I have been canoeing the rivers of Western Pennsylvania for the last 14 years with a small group of women. We take to the river with gear, setting up camp for two nights and plotting a trip that takes us three days to complete. That river experience, the shallow gently rippling water and the cool rain that we might encounter, informs the underlying structure of my new works. A drop, clear spheres, simple crystal structures – these are meant to allude to the existence of a body, a bridge, the sea.
There is a sensuality in each, a base of patinaed steel like the undecurrents passing over a shallow river bed, an etched and bent glass surface that seems skin-like and in turn like water, with lattice structures or cellular forms resting on the surface. There is some reference to biology, to an essentialism that leads to a deeper reverie regarding nature, memory, resources, people, things we must cherish and take care of because they are so delicate.
K a t h l e e n M u l c a h y
Awards and Honors:
2008 Fine Foundation Award for Leadership Pittsburgh Year Long Study Program
2007 Women in the Arts, 36 Founders, Pioneers, Instigators, New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh
2005 Distinguished Alumni in the Arts, Kean University Alumni Association, Union NJ
2006 Speaker, The Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women, David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh
2004 Feature, Women in the Arts, Pennsylvania Commonwealth of Women 2004
2004-2008 Permanent Artist in Residence/Artistic Advisor, Pittsburgh Glass Center
2003-present Member, International Womens’ Forum,
1997 Artist in Residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1996 Creative Achievement Award, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
1994 Artist in Residence, Mid Atlantic Arts Fellowship, Studio Access to Glass, Corning, NY
1993, 83, 81 Individual Artist Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
1992 Artist of the Year, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pennsylvania
1991-2003 Co-Founded and directed the development and content of the Pittsburgh Glass Center
1991 Masterworks Fellow, Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, New Jersey
1984 Fulbright, Lusk Memorial Award, Murano, Italy
1980 Visiting Artist, ArtPark, Lewiston, New York
1978 Invited Participant to the World Crafts Council, Kyoto Japan
1979 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award
American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA
American Craft Museum, New York City
Carnegie Mellon University Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
City of Pittsburgh, Light Rail Transit
Deloitte and Touche Headquarters, Pittsburgh
Duquesne Light Corporate Headquarters, Pittsburgh
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
Heinz History Center
Nova Chemicals inc.
State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
Westinghouse Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
1972-74 M.F.A., Glass Sculpture, Minor in Dimensional Design, Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1968-72 B.A., Art Education, Minor in Ceramics and Glass, Kean University, Union, New Jersey