“Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love…”
26″ x 12″ x 19″
Clay, stain, glaze, carbon fiber arrow and spray paint
Kate Menke is a Columbus, Ohio based ceramic artist who is interested in ideas of motherhood and female power, the passage of time, memories, and systematic processes of creation. Kate earned a Bachelor of Science of Industrial Design in Visual Communications and a Master of Art Education from The Ohio State University. She has taught Art at the high school level for 19 years.
Kate’s coil-built vessels combine typography, personal and religious imagery, imperfections, classical ceramic forms and a defiant attitude. Her work represents a fierce perspective on being a female, mother and teacher of young people in middle class America.
During the summer of 2014, after working with local artist Stephanie Rond and S. Dot Gallery, Kate became aware of how much she and the other women around her were apologizing for insignificant things. “Oftentimes women like me forget how powerful and important they are. I’m tired of apologizing. Women say they are sorry for everything.”
The past election season and more current events have had an especially profound effect on Kate’s work. It has caused her vessels, which stand in for the female form, to become more confrontational and powerful. Several works are adorned with the word DEFY, which is a riff on Shepard Fairey’s Obey campaign: “In today’s world it’s no longer ok to obey, we need to defy.”
Kate’s piece “Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love…” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of her work at www.katemenke.com.