Friday, January 05, 2007

In Miami for the art fair. Cannot begin to relate what has happened in the past few days.... the phone calls, emails, and hate mail. This is the greatest of ironies.
I have been making art as a professional for over 20 years, it is just that I have avoided putting my work in commercial venues for various reasons, choosing instead to show at non-profits, universities, and small museums.
If you look at the body of work from my life, (as opposed to looking at this one painting that has freakishly attracted attention), you know that my art is nothing, if not sincere.
Thanks again for all the kind emails and comments. Wish me luck as I go into the lion's den today....

29 Comments:

Anonymous Bilbobaggins said...

Kate -- I assume you're aware of this by now, but the reason you're getting so many hits is that celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (perezhilton.com) posted a picture of your painting on his website with a link to your site. If you're horrified by the comments on your site, you should read the comments on Perez' site. Complete insanity.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous barb said...

I am truly scared by how intelligent the populace is. Wow.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Sahsha said...

Welcome to the internet. Oh, and glad to read that things are going well for you Kate. Have fun at the fair!

-Sahsha

11:23 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Knock 'em dead girl!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Scenic Artisan said...

yikes! good luck to you.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Sigrid said...

Kate, I hope you have the stamina to ignore the hateful things that some truly ignorant people will say about the painting. I have read Perez's blog as well, and there is no moderation. Lucky for you, the majority of people that frequent Perez's site would never last a minute on your site, because it's too challenging for them over here, and because they can not read more than 2 or 3 simple sentences in a row. I've just spent the last few days reading your complete site, and I love how much you love working on your art, and your descriptions of the process.

Maybe this whole experience will raise the question, is it safe to place art "out there" without context?

I can't wait to read your thoughts on what is happening to you. I just hope it won't be too traumatic.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

infaustos.blogspot.com

tariknunez.blogspot.com

i would like to contact you to see if you can help me with a project
email:
tariknunezmejia@yahoo.com
take care.
T

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just breathe. Good luck to you!

5:41 PM  
Blogger JAX said...

Kate,
We Love you! Fred and i have always admired your paintings and the emotions they bring out of people. We hope to see you, we'll be at the Convention Cneter Saturday afternoon.
Power to you girl!
Jackie Tutiven ( JAX )

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Pamela J said...

As an artist myself, I get it. My oeuvre is pop culture. We are fed this Holy Mother at every box store check out. Keep up the good work.
Brilliant.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI! I'M ALLAH!
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I can't wait for you to pictorially represent Muhammud, or especially ALLAH like I did above! Then you'll REALLY be famous!

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate:

Wonderful concept with the Angelina piece, since we see her so often in those Wallyworld check out lines :) so glad I saw the article on MSN.com ... yep is that big-time eq on the net?

Love your Hair work, the clothes and all the paintings, live near KC so may make it to your show down there this year.

Luck and hang on
deb

12:33 AM  
Anonymous barb said...

I am guessing you have seen the story on MSNBC with a link to post thoughts on your work. Even though it was against my better judgment, I clicked on the posts to read a few of them. Totally scary. (reading them out loud, totally laughable...)
I think what you did is great. The sheep are lost. Keep up the good work, you have a lot of supporters out there who get your work!

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe the blasphemy! Are you trying to make a point? If so, what? I have to ask this question (to which I actually expect a sound answer): What is it about Jesus Christ and Christianity that makes artists, poets, comedians, etc. satirize it? Why don't you pick on Buddha, or Mohammad, as those Norwegian newspapermen did?

9:30 AM  
Blogger Agent Orange said...

Your Jolie peice has attracted quite a bit of positive attention on gossip message boards. Hope to see mroe of your stuff soon.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Curt James said...

I love your intention - "to ask a question and get people to think," however I'm almost frightened by the insane reaction of people to art. And not just your painting. Remember the reaction to the twelve drawings of Muhammad that Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published last September? People were burning cheese in protest.

Insanity.

Otoh, they say that no publicity is bad publicity. Regardless, I hope you watch your back and that the gallery has ample security as well.

Kudos to you on your creativity.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous J H C said...

Anonymous really is an idiot. This has NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING to do with blasphemy or satirizing Christ or Christianity. Rather, it is satirizing America's obsession with celebrity. Please, stop being so stupid. Is that a sound enough answer for you, doofus?

10:20 AM  
Blogger Gena said...

Hello, Kate -

I had never seen your work before the MSN article, and have now perused your website. I find all of your work thought-provoking, absolute genius!

Those who have read Diane Schoemperlen's "Our Lady of the Lose and Found," will *get* your Jolie piece. Both beg the question, "What is the meaning of life?"

Look at the world of Walmart... is it any wonder that the biggie-size-fast-food-fed generation (can you say foie gras, Ronald?) snaps up those pulp mags at the checkout with dreams of the "grandeur" of an electronic-age version of Mia Farrow? But doesn't that put Brad in the role of Woody Allen? What a great trophy-husband! That's right, folks, it's the church of Hollyweird, replete with stolen husbands, ornamental vials of blood, video games brought to film, and treating your immediate family like it's a science project! But let's put the woman on a pedestal as if she's the first woman ever to adopt, or do missionary work.

What Would the BVM Say??? Much like Borat illustrating the actuality of today's prejudice (it ain't dead, folks), "Blessed Art Thou" is a GIFT to the public, something to show the kids to make THEM think (and without the naked men wrestling). THANK YOU!

Gena
(P.S. That's "Blessed Virgin Mary" for you non-Catholics)

10:50 AM  
Blogger Gena said...

P.S. Sorry, that's "Our Lady of the LOST and Found."

Gena

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe if one views your art with an open mind they can see that the meaning is not done in a direct insult to Catholics but a wake up call to all people. Some have said that Jolie is not doing the work over sea's for glory but we sure hear about it daily and very in your face. It seems we as Americans are consumed with certain things as the painting shows.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally think you are a sincere soul and create wonderful, moving images. We need more insightful women like you speaking up in the work. God bless you.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Saturday morning sipping coffee and flipping through the paper I found it! It's fabulous! It's funny! It's thought-provoking. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be touched by your art.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Healium said...

Well done! Its not easy to Scandalise some and me meaningful to others these times! keep it up

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kate..i can say the painting is a wonderful art but maybe another title of the painting make sense to add the beauty of it...but overall i like it!! Explaining about your work is useless...just go girl...

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Dave Malkoff said...

Watch the CBS/Miami Television News Report on "Blessed Art Thou" here:
http://cbs4.com/video/?id=27918@wfor.dayport.com

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say that you are one of the most talented artist that I have seen in years. Your unique style and imagination is remarkable. The way that you make the painting come to life is just amazing. My dad always said to make your art tell a story and that is what you do in yours. Keep it up girl, the sky is the limit.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous lienhard said...

keep up the good work, remember critics are "critical" or they would have nothing to write about :) Good news is rarely news at all.

9:33 AM  
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4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame that an obviously talented artist such as yourself would sell out with this painting. I can't imagine spending 5 months of my life painting a whore and deifying her even more than she has been. This has to be by far the most outrageous thing that has happened in regards to this woman.

I am sure Jennifer Aniston thanks you as well. I hope the fame and fortune that was your obvious motivation behind all this so called art work of yours is worth the pain you are causing her and the disgust of those of us who still have values and religious beliefs. You have prostituted your art just as Jolie does the same with her acting career. Birds of a feather eh?

She with her so called charity work and you with your art are exploiting the public. Congratulations?

2:22 AM  

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