Wild Fandango

Wild Fandango, ceramic, 35" x 15" x 25"

Of herself, Kathy Thor says, "I was born in Dubuque, Iowa by the lock and dam on the Mississippi River.  Animals and art have always been a part of my life.  From the time I was in grade school until recently I have worked with horses.  In school, I was encouraged by great art teachers.  I studied drawing at Clarke College, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1993 with a BFA in drawing.  My sculptural work evolved from this background."

Of her work, Thor writes, "My ceramic pieces are mainly figurative, combining animal and human form.  This juxtaposition creates creatures that are quirky and engaging.  My work is painted with low fire glazes that reflect my love for color.  My most recent work is fired in an electric kiln.  A desire to create larger work has led me to incorporate traditional construction materials such as fiberglass, concrete and rebar, and techniques such as fabrication and mosiac.  Occassionally, I use found materials like bone or hair.

My artwork is balanced with working for the City of Iowa City and caring for my animals and the farmsted they live on.  I own horses, goats, and cats.  I plan to incorporate more of the farm livestock that inhabit the farm into my artwork.  There are peacocks, geese, ducks, chickens, guineas, and pigs and cows from surrounding farms.  I am inspired by the various animals personalities, spirits and interactions.  Eventually, my studio will be created from one of the barns.  I also plan to create an outdoor environment where my artwork and animals can interact."

text and image from The Chait Galleries Downtown

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