Please join us for our first exhibition of 2019, Ugly Bits - New work by Kate Frazer Rego.
Opening Reception Friday, January 11, 6pm-9pm
Kate Frazer Rego is an artist and educator living in the South Coast. She attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts where she earned a BFA in Sculpture. She went on to earn her MFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Art. Kate has shown her work nationally and recently participated in Art in Odd Places: BODY, an international performance art festival in NYC. When she’s not holed up in her studio with a cup of coffee, you can find her hanging out with her family.
I started the Labia Series in 2015 after attending Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The series has progressed over the years both in size, material, and theme. The project came about quite honestly in response to my daughter being born. I struggled to find a way to visually communicate such an intense experience, I mean really Mary Cassatt had already kind of nailed it. So I started thinking about women and the female image in art. I feel women are often portrayed as the object of sexual desire, the mother, or the tragic heroine. I saw that there were so many other more nuanced stories to tell. So I started using the vagina as a framework upon which many different stories are hung. Some funny, some twisted, some dark and mournful and certainly always pushing the narrative of the complex female experience. My newer pieces of work while related to the Labia Series in its connection to the body goes on to explore ideas of aging, passage of time, relationships and intimate interface. Watching the face of a lover, partner or friend soften, morph and change over time. Will I still look at my lover the same way at 60 as I did at 30? What are the stories our bodies tell when our voices are silent? Through my process of manipulating the fiber forms and found objects I’m continuing to ask these questions, push the narrative, and hopefully find some answers.