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“Navigating New Waters” by Textile Artist Kate Vinson in the windows at Susan Hensel Gallery. I have known Kate Vinson for a number of years now. I first met her when she received the Jerome Foundation Project Grant for Textile Art  in roughly 2015.  There was  a reception for past and present Jerome artists led by the new director of the Textile Center of Minnesota. I met some truly wonderful artists there, who remain important to me today!  Kate is among them.

Kate is a restless creative, working across natural media, focusing on using the body and natural materials. She talks about making art as being a “full body” kinesthetic experience. Additionally, I’ve know her as an artist with a true love of materials; an outdoor adventure educator and guide; as a high school art teacher, now at Perpich Arts High School. In whatever she does, nature plays an important role.  Her exhibition, Navigating New Waters | Susan Hensel Gallery, is also continuing evidence of that passion.


Artist Statement – Textile Artist Kate Vinson

This work represents my continued love of the tactile. Art making for me is often a full-body kinesthetic experience. I also enjoy the physicality of materials, the whole body engagement of creating handmade paper, and the deliberate, mindful journey of the artistic process.

This current body of work began as hand-pulled sheets of paper made from a variety of fiber pulps and experimentation with inclusions and laminated sheet forming.

This resulted in hundreds of pieces of paper waiting for the next timely transformation. Color was applied through marbling knowing this technique would react to the dimensionality of the paper while preserving its overall inherent qualities.

Stitching and collage was a creative way to maintain an artistic practice while navigating the exhausting work as an educator during an pandemic that has turned everything on its head.

The pandemic, its impact, its interaction, and ripple effect has also forcibly demonstrated new ways of navigating. Additionally, this body of work represents my navigations through this present time.

You can learn a bit more about Kate here.

The Windows on Cedar Project is a program of Susan Hensel Gallery, available in the well-lit windows twenty-four hours per day on Cedar Avenue in South Minneapolis.

All work is for sale.  Additionally, please contact the gallery for information.

About Susan Hensel Gallery – Contemporary Art by Susan Hensel

Opened September 10th, 2004 Susan Hensel Gallery was a gallery and also a workspace presenting 5-6 shows per year devoted to the concept of narrative in the arts in an intimate space, with hardwood floors and high tin ceilings. The Susan Hensel Gallery is now both a window gallery on Cedar Avenue. This is the main thoroughfare in south Minneapolis and an online venture represented on In March 2013, the interior space reverted to a working studio for Susan Hensel. This space also allows her to continue to work on small and largescale artwork with an attitude.
You can find her current work at Susan Hensel Projects. The studio also remains open to the public by appointment or chance, on Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.  Additionally, you are welcome to drop by this gallery/workspace at any time.
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