Katherine Levin-Lau

Katherine Levin-Lau


I am a perpetual student of nature. My explorations have taken me to physical places such as tide pools, gardens and forests and my learning broadened by museums and books. I am filled with wonder at the beautiful, horrific, bizarre and puzzling intricacies of the natural world. I feel deeply the connection between all living things.

In 1992, I saw my first curiosity cabinet at the Royal Palace in Prague. These cabinets, sometimes called “wonderkammen”, gained popularity with a new breed of

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What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

It allowed me to cut back on work and focus on studio time and exhibition preparation at a key time in my career. The grant also served as a validation and encouragement from my community.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

I work in the studio full time. The last 8 years I have focused on printmaking - monotypes primarily the focus. I am now working on a series of works based loosely on curiosity cabinets, utilizing my collections of images from anthropology and natural history.

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

Don't get distracted - make the work. It's too easy to get sidetracked

As the recession is waning (a bleak time for artists), I see renewed excitement for the arts in San Jose and world wide. Locally we now have an incredible venue called the art party; SJ Institute of Contemporary Art continues to support dynamic Art; and the second San Jose Art Fair is about to open. Many new galleries are popping up started by young artists and are presenting dynamic shows of young and established artists. Globally, gallery sales have picked up also. There's hope out there.