I use everyday materials to explore alternatives to commercial practices of marketing and consumption in favor of a more thoughtful means of exchange. Discarded materials are recycled into works that highlight underlying systems of use, value and labor.
My current work on paper uses marketing materials that arrive by mail such as supermarket flyers, glossy mail-order catalogs, ads and promotions. I remove images and organize them into themes or categories as a way to emphasize excess and highlight unnecessary products and unsolicited needs.
With sculpture and installation, I use recycled materials to construct pieces that re-contextualize urban settings and focus on things that are ignored, unseen or disregarded. Sidewalks, boxes or beat-up trucks filled with cardboard on the way to the recycling center can reveal connections to larger systems and community.
In public projects and workshops, I encourage interactions with people to explore ideas of community, commerce and questions of value. I use barter and trading systems to promote more relational, less commercial means of economic exchange. These pieces create environments that promote connections between people and encourage the use of post-consumer materials to provide alternatives to the consumer-driven culture.
David Brower Center: “Reimagining Progress: Artists in Conversation” (May 2014)
SF Gate: “Pick of the Week” October 24-27 by: Kenneth Baker (2013)
Handful of Salt: “Noticed: Your Store” by: Dominique Koudsi (September 2013)
The Bold Italic : “Turning Crazy Mission Rents into Art” by: Jennifer Maerz (October 2013)
Handful of Salt: “Kathryn Kenworth, quiet maverick” by: Regina Connell (Apri 2013l)
Kathryn Kenworth: Street Life by Stephen Maine (January 2012)
Mission 17: 2004-2009. A publication featuring exhibitions at MISSION 17. Introduction by Director Clark Buckner and a foreword by Glen Helfand (July 2009)
East Bay Express: “Five artist examine the Urban Matrix” by: DeWitt Cheng (February 2009)
Straw into Gold: Interview with Amy Conger: "What's it worth?" The potential of bartering and re-use in the business of art. - 16 December 2009
SF Weekly: "A Grab Bag of Art Shows plays Santa to the Masses" by: Traci Vogel (December 2009)
KQED's Forum: "Bay Area Bests" - 27 November 2009
Berkeley Daily Planet: "The Fake Real of 'Future Tense' at Kala Art" by: Peter Selz (July 2006)
SFist.com: "Between the Walls: Southern Exposure Gets Ready for a Major Metamorphosis" - May 22 2006
Artweek: Kathryn Kenworth at Humboldt State's First Street Gallery