Art Department Chair, Kate Renner, shows her work at the UMGW Galleries
What began with a daily drawing practice has evolved into an exploration of where the conscious meets the unconscious…
Kate Renner, Chair of the WMS Art Department, is showing some of her work at the University of Mary Washington Galleries from September 2-30, 2011. The show is titled, Art and Nature: Reflections on the Sublime.

Here is what UMWG Galleries has to say about the show:

Notions of the sublime date back many centuries. The term has had different meanings over time and is not interpreted the same by everyone. It has been considered that which has the power to trans- port the observer to a higher realm of appreciation. It has also been associated, among other things, with beauty, nature, scale, chaos, and art as well as sensations of fear, reverence, and awe.

This exhibition includes the work of eight artists from Florida, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Each explores a personal vision, either real or imagined. These visions grapple with such notions as order and chaos, beauty and corruption, infinite space, and the transforming power of nature.

Below you will find Kate Renner’s Artist Statement for the show.

Dusk is loaded with power and promise. Familiar places are obscured by darkness. There is a sense of loss and transition. The dramatic light evokes both beauty and fear. The landscape transforms from the picturesque to the sublime.

Two years ago, I attempted to revive an inconsistent studio practice by doing one drawing each day at dusk. I did not begin the exercise with any concrete expectations, beyond the hope that I would develop a consistent and sustainable studio practice. Since then, I have put great effort into trying to figure out why I find this time of day so compelling. Is it the romantic contrast between light and shadow? The shift between day and night? The ethereal blue color of the sky that only lasts for a fleeting period of time?

In an interview with the L.A. Times, artist Ann Hamilton stated that her work is “always seeking the border, re- marking upon the border. And that’s not just a physical one; it’s also the way that we think about things, how we establish the habits of categories and you know all that, those classical categories we inherit out of anthropol- ogy: the raw and the cooked, the container and the contained, what is inside and what’s outside.” This ‘border’ that Hamilton is fascinated by is why, again and again, I return to walking outside at dusk as a foundation for my current studio practice. It is the closest I can get to occupying a space that is truly in between– not day nor night, light nor dark, inside nor outside. What began with a daily drawing practice has evolved into an exploration of where the conscious meets the unconscious, where the human realm meets the ‘other’. (
You can see images of Kate’s work here:

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