Kay Litz

Kay Litz
Salida, CO

Artist Bio

Born Casper, Wyoming, USA; lived in Colorado, USA most of my life; have also lived in; Philadelphia, PA ~ 3 years (art school); Bogota, Colombia, SA ~3.5 years (as a child); Tripoli, Libya, Africa ~1.5 years (as a child).

Education: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Philadelphia, PA: 1991-1994; Art Students League of Denver: Denver, CO, 1989-1991; University of Colorado/Boulder: BS-Finance, 1984

Some Awards: Best of Show, Chaffee County Council on the Arts (CCCA) Open Awards Show, 2000; Best of Show, Colorado State Fair (CSF), 1997; Juror's Choice Award, CSF, 1997; Sangre De Cristo Art Center Award, CSF, 1997; 1st Place: Professional Mixed Media, Art of Rockies Assoc. Open Awards Show (ARA-OAS), 2005; 2nd Place, 3-D Mixed Media Professional, CCCA-OAS, 1999; Honorable Mention, Colorado State Fair, 1999, 2000; Meritorious Award, Colorado State Fair, 1999; Business Award: Glenwood Springs Fall Arts Festival, The Artist's Mercantile, 2004; Business Award; ARA-OAS, The Gem Factory, 2004; Business Awards, CCCA-OAS, Circle S Ranch, Grant Heilman Photography, 1999; Marcia Lampert Prize for a Construction, Pa. Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 1994; Edna Pennypacker Stauffer Memorial Prize, PAFA, 1993; Fellowship of PAFA Hon. Mention, 1993

Natural Interpretations: Exploring Possibilities in Found Objects & Natural Materials

I take cues for my art from my natural surroundings (currently the Central Colorado Rockies and high plains), and from found objects.  I especially like oxidized metals (rust and other patinas), and all the Natural World has to offer.  I enjoy the juxtaposition of weathered man-made objects with representations of the Natural World.  I have also been greatly influenced and inspired by the arts and crafts of the native people of the American West and Southwest, and by the pre-Columbian art of Colombia where I lived for a time as a child.   Working as a professional ski patroler and park ranger as my "day jobs" for a number of years while pursuing my art offered me the opportunity of spending a large amount of time with nature.  I find great peace and spirituality in experiencing the natural world.  My work is inspired by the rhythms of the world around me.  I have been creating and showing my art from Salida, Colorado since 1999. 

Food Chain Body of Work Statement

Pondering our reliance on seeds/grain, and the heavy metal tools and machinery that have been developed to produce and harvest the seeds has intrigued me of late.  I find it very interesting that most of the human race relies on small, fragile seeds as its main food source either directly or indirectly (as the seeds feed animals which are then consumed).  Each grain is itself small and fragile, but in large quantities the seeds become a life staple.  I also find very interesting the juxtaposition of the weighty, hard, dense, and sometimes dangerous tools we have developed to harvest these small, delicate, harmless seeds.  

I live in a rural area where I've been able to collect old farm tools, supplies, and machinery parts, and use them as bases for some of my interpretations of  this “Food Chain”.  I've used reclaimed oxidized baling wire to create the chains and “netting” on some of these pieces, and have constructed the “seeds” using hardware cloth armatures stretched with Unryu and other handmade papers.  Made from the pulp of the Kozo tree, Unryu paper is very light and transparent, while also being very strong due to its many fibers.  I find this analogous to the seeds themselves: they are, individually, very light and delicate, while they are what nurtures most life on our planet.



528 West 2nd Street
Salida, CO 81201
United States
Phone: 719-221-0713
38° 32' 19.1796" N, 105° 59' 45.6324" W

Artwork by Kay Litz