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Kate Ransohoff

Kate Ransohoff

  Kate Ransohoff, Artist Bio

My career in visual art began in the 1960s as a modern abstract sculptor of wood and alabaster. Moments of crisis appeared in the 1970s concerning meaning and nature that culminated in a grand gesture to stop making art altogether, unless I could make it with meaning. Nine months later, having deemed myself successful, I continued painting and sculpting where the spiritual element became primary. I moved rapidly from acrylic painting to lost wax bronze sculptures.

A search for understanding how the spiritual in art is expressed and how artists learn to convey spiritual matters turned into a multi-year investigation of various traditional arts. I continued to make and exhibit small bronzes. Increasingly, my life-long involvement with social issues of injustice and prejudice demanded attention and I decided to bring this to the fore in my art.

In 2002, I stopped making bronzes. I embarked on ten years of creating two-sided works combining words, sewing, paper and fabric about various troublesome themes in the world. It is entitled, Quilt: Art To Mend The World.

In 2010 I began the study and research that led to, and continued throughout, the making of African American Memorial/An Homage To John Hope Franklin. The work was completed in December 2014 and tells the story of the harms done to African Americans with the intention of beginning the healing of those harms for all Americans.
In 2012 I exhibited the first pieces telling stories made completel

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