Kate Holcomb Hale’s art making practice reveals how emotions can extend beyond the realm of the internal and can manifest themselves in our physical world. Drawing provides the backbone for Kate’s mixed-media installations. Each captures a moment when subjectivity shifts due to loss, trauma or any significant life event. "Is the fluid draining?", "I very totally had dreams last night" and "And neither are we" reference psychological fractures that compile throughout a lifetime shaping/shifting one’s identity. The installations themselves appear in-process or incomplete which is apropos as they are continually acclimating to new conditions presented at each site of installation. Kate’s work subverts traditional boundaries of drawing and painting merging paper, paint, charcoal and vinyl with architecture. She creates a tangible form for an intangible, constantly fluctuating, interior space.
In 2016 Kate was awarded "Best In Show" by Paul Ha, director, LIST Visual Arts Center at MIT, at the 15th National Prize Show presented by Cambridge Art Association. Kate also received second prize from Denise Markonish, curator, MASS MoCA: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, for her work in the nationally juried exhibition, "On The Edge," at South Shore Art Center. More recently Kate was one of four finalist in the Bromfield Gallery SOLO Competition juried by Sarah Montross, curator Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park.
Kate earned her MFA in critical theory and studio art at Maine College of Art. She is an active member of Boston Critique Group. She is also an art instructor in her backyard studio in Arlington, MA where she currently lives.