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Kathy Halper

highland park, IL, United States

“Friend Me” is a series of embroidered drawings based on found Facebook photos of teenagers. The images are often paired with found texts, as well. Together they create a composite of today’s youth. The way they look. The way they act. The way they sound. The use of needlework implies a maternal hand and a sense of home. My goal as a mother is to explore and connect to this complex age group who often shut out their parents while still needing a soft bed and a tender touch. Because these kids are often in the throws of celebration there is a raucousness and lighthearted nature present in many of the images. But there are also moments of quiet, embarrassment, anger, recklessness and more. In choosing the text I am able to create a new narrative for the images that takes them further from their origins and captures a heightened moment in time.

Kathy's ArtPrize Entries

These are Kathy's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

Kathy's Past Work

These are images of past work that Kathy has done.

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