12 x 12 monotype, 2014
Kate Higley is a New Hampshire based artist who began her printmaking career while living in Saudi Arabia. In those days, Higley spent significant time looking down upon the landscape from airplane windows. Upon her return to the United States, she resumed her studies in art and biology, her primary and secondary interests. Spending her days looking through microscopes and at photos of cells and tissues, she became inspired by that imagery as well. The resonance of the microscopic and the macroscopic is the genesis of her abstract work. Her monotypes and monoprints are created using an additive process that requires multiple trips through an etching press to arrive at a final state. The work, although inspired and informed by landscape and organic forms is actually deeply imagined. Higley’s work is in private and public collections here and abroad.
Kate Higley has lived in four New England states, Saudi Arabia and Washington, DC where she taught studio art. She has a Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University where her culminating project was a large scale suite of drawings and paintings based upon microscopy. Higley’s work has been shown abroad in Italy, Denmark, Canada and Saudi Arabia. National Juried Shows include the Delta Small Works in Arkansas, The 34th Bradley International in Illinois, “Ink, Print Repeat” at William Patterson University in NJ, Morean Arts Center, “Bite Scratch, Expose” in St. Petersburg, FL, Rocky Neck Art Colony, MA “A Fine Line,” Washington Printmakers, as well as the The Center for Contemporary Printmaking where Higley’s work won an award in 2014. In the last three years her prints have been exhibited at Westbeth Gallery and JVC Project Space in New York City, Arc Gallery in Chicago, Zea Mays Center for Printmaking, the Fitchburg Museum, Newburyport Art Association, and The Whistler House Museum where her print received an award. In NH, Higley’s recent exhibits include: The Children’s Museum, The Jaffrey Center, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth Discovery Center, and Plymouth State University.