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Columbia College Chicago
Kathryn Polk

Kathryn Polk

July 5 - July 23, 2011

During her three-week residency Kathryn Polk made a lithograph based on Aristotle’s foundation for persuasion expressing the three ideas of ethos, logos, and pathos. Kathryn Polk’s work is allegorical, using a visual vocabulary of icons expressing a non-indigenous woman’s perspective on social and environmental events. She layers humor into images that, on closer look, explore alienation and subjugation. Her work mirrors how we can fail to see past appearances or to recognize darker circumstances for what they are. Simultaneously her prints celebrate how human beings endure while navigating desire, expectation, and sacrifice. Polk appreciates the contradictions inherent in lithography, a medium that is both fine art and reproduction. Its qualities intrinsically reinforce her subject matter of experiences that are simultaneously universal and intensely individual.


Watch Part 1 of Kathryn Polk's Artist-In-Residence Lecture

Watch Part 2 of Katheyn Polk's Artist-In-Residence Lecture


lady with cactus

lithograph and pronto plate
8 1/2" x 10 1/2"


faces and hands

paper size: 7" x 9"
image size: 5" x 7"


girl at school desk

Spilt Milk
paper size: 22 1/2" x 30"
image size: 20 1/4" x 28"