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Kathleen C. Waggoner

Kathleen C. Waggoner


Portrait by Donna Granata - 2005               

Kathleen C. Waggoner

Kathleen Waggoner shapes the song of woman - searching, triumphant and proud - in clay. It is the exploration and expression of human emotion, of feelings not easily put into words, that drives her work. Originally trained as a painter she became increasingly aware of the distance between what she was feeling and the two-dimensional representation on the canvas. During an emotionally challenging time in her own life she enrolled in a ceramics class at Moorpark Collage and found the physical, hands-on connection with the clay eliminated that distance. Inspired by myth, native cultures and her own on-going exploration of self, her work is at once iconic and playful, sensual and spiritual. In her most recent figures she has carved both personal and universal symbols directly into the wet clay reminiscent of ritualistic scarring or perhaps to witness that from personal scars comes beauty.

When opportunity strikes, have the camera ready! This portrait was taken at the same time Cheryl Ann Thomas (portrait found elsewhere in Artist’s Gallery) was photographed. The two ceramists, along with Tom McMillin (portrait found elsewhere in Artist’s Gallery), shared a work space at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center, a renowned artists’ enclave located on the campus of California State University, Channel Islands. Kathy was firing a kiln at the same time as my portrait session with Cheryl. Since she was an available subject, I reset my lights in her studio and left the studio with two portraits instead of just one.

Kathy Waggoner's documentation took place in 2008 and was co-sponsored by Peter & Lainie Cannon and Jim & Meg Easton. The FOTM Archive contains extensive information about this artist.
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