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Kath Kornelsen Rutherford's artworks are intimate and thoughtful. She fashions delicate explorations of objects which are meaningful to her into compositions which are sometimes playful, sometimes reflective, always gentle. Working in a variety of printmaking techniques, she demonstrates a disciplined approach to her art and an ever challenging demand on her development as an artist.
“When I was introduced to mezzotint in 1982, I bonded with the technique immediately...I loved everything about it, including the huge time commitment. The rich soft dark tones characteristic of the mezzotint, are achieved by repeatedly 'rocking' a curved serrated blade on polished copper plate. Few artists today have the time to rock a plate for the days it takes to cover the plate completely in one direction, and then again at right angles to the first and so on until at least twelve different directions have been rocked. The rocked plate will print a solid black, which is then scraped with a knife to create a range of tones. The finished plate is then inked, wiped and rolled through a press with dampened paper, then, in most cases dilute acrylic paint is added to the finished print. Drawing directly on the plate with only sketches to guide me, I hope to share a quiet wit & playfulness. Most of my works are small...most subjects could be held in a hand. My images are carefully constructed and precisely detailed compositions inspired by interpretations of proverbs, folklore and sayings.”
Born in Montreal, she studied printmaking at Mount Allison University for three years with David Silverberg before moving to Halifax to study with Ed Porter at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the early 1980’s.
She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Central and Eastern Canada in both private and public galleries. She has, on two occasions been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Her works are included in collections such as the Nova Scotia Art Bank, Canada Council Art Bank, Grenfell College in Newfoundland, Atlantic Trust Co., The Hudson’s Bay Co., and Husky Oil Operations.
In recent years, Kath has developed a love of working with glass tiles creating beautiful mosaics. She has been awarded both public and private commissions to create and install mosaic works.