Kate Krebs: The Ambidextrous Sessions
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Nashville Artist Kate Krebs opens The Ambidextrous Sessions: Far From Sinister, her second solo exhibition at the The Red Arrow Gallery. The word left in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. The Oxford English Dictionary defines left-handed as meaning crippled, defective, awkward, and clumsy. The Latin word for left is sinister.
Kate Krebs is a righty. However, The Ambidextrous Sessions: Far From Sinister was created almost entirely with her left hand. Towards the tail end of 2014, with a solo exhibition looming in March 2015, Kate had to finally acknowledge the pain in her right hand, due to tendonitis and carpal tunnel and in January began to teach herself to create with her left.
Inspired by the colorful and childlike energy of Henry Darger, Krebs starts with photos that she’s collected from friends, thrift stores or vintage children’s books and then completes a sketch of her vision, left-handed, into her sketchbook. From there she methodically picks her palette of colors to be intertwined with drawing, wood burning and collage and deliberately lets the wood-grain shine through the imagery as the landscape. This body of work has forced Krebs to slow down and really take time to create. While practicing her new technique, Kate says she felt like she was experiencing her truer self, becoming more forgiving, accepting, and kinder to her process.
Kate Krebs was born in Mississippi, and is now a long time resident of East Nashville. She has participated in various group shows and her work graces multiple collections in the Southeast. This is Krebs’ second solo show with The Red Arrow Gallery.
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