Kathy Johnson Art
In the studio
The process of creating is my way of relaxing. My favorite days in the studio are when I lose all track of time. That’s when I know I have found the joy of being in the moment. I’ve always loved creating things and working with my hands. It’s a way to capture and recreate past experiences. That strong sense of “I don’t want to forget this” can be quieted by recording thoughts, feelings, and memories. Bringing these experiences back with me into the studio and interpreting them into something tangible keeps them alive and also allows me to, later on, share them with others. Taking time to be outside and observing the natural beauty of my surroundings is what keeps me connected, grounded and appreciative.
I enjoy the searching for, collecting and gathering of many different materials, although it can be quite a challenge to keep them all sorted and organized. It’s very satisfying to find fragments that are no longer of use to anyone else and give them a brand new life. These materials have a history and when I’m creating my work the stories of where they were found, how they were previously used or who gave them to me are active in my mind. Always on the lookout for new and interesting materials I can’t help but ask the question “Is there some way I can reuse this?” before throwing anything away.