Kate Kretz


Silver Spring, MD
Embroidery, gouache, latex on paper

One of the functions of art is to strip us bare, reminding us of the fragility common to every human being across continents and centuries. Often, I will meet someone, and the visible weight of his or her life becomes almost unbearable to me, it rips me open. The objects that I make are an attempt to articulate this feeling. Astray is one of several works in the series, Guardian Angels That Don't Come Through. Many of us grew up with images of Guardian Angels, as well as a sense of a universal, collective agreement that protecting children from harm is the top priority among people of all nations. This piece represents the erosion of that agreement, as people choose other priorities over the safety and welfare of our children.