Kathranne Knight

Kathranne Knight is a visual artist and co-editor of Correspondence Publishing.

Her drawings speak in the packed way of a symbol– elemental, but ricocheting with associations and metaphoric possibilities.

Impermanence, multiplication, and issues of representation are plumbed through materials as various as fly paper, silver, tears, and graphite. The action and materiality of drawing are stretched, performed, and reconfigured in her series of tracings and contour studies, where she draws around her own body and that of her daughter, trying to glean the actual now of existence in their form.

Poetry and Poets are important collaborators as well and her drawings are found on the covers of books by Nate Klug and James Cagney. Knight has been artist in residence at Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation and the Connemara Conservancy Foundation, Dallas, Texas. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries including: Mass MoCA, The Des Moines Art Center, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Geoffrey Young Gallery, and Muriel Guepin Gallery (New York, NY) among others. Her work is included in several private and public collections such as: The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, and the private collection of A.G. Rosen. Knight was an Iowa Artist Fellow in 2014, awarded an Iowa Artist Grant in 2015 and has been nominated for both a Louis Comfort Tiffany and Joan Mitchell award.

Two color pencil on paper 30” x 41 ¼”
Like Breath on a Mirror, Single channel video still

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  1. […] Kathranne Knight lives and works in Ames, Iowa where she grew up. After graduating high school she left Ames believing she would not live there again. Almost 30 years later, family pulled her back to her hometown where she continues her artistic career. Presently she is working on a group of drawings based on air mail envelopes. She says that as soon as she put the red and white chevron pattern of air mail around the edge of a paper it began immediately to read as mail. Much of Knight’s work centers around ideas related with correspondence. […]

  2. […] Kathranne Knight lives and works in Ames, Iowa where she grew up. After graduating high school she left Ames believing she would not live there again. Almost 30 years later, family pulled her back to her hometown where she continues her artistic career. Presently she is working on a group of drawings based on air mail envelopes. She says that as soon as she put the red and white chevron pattern of air mail around the edge of a paper it began immediately to read as mail. Much of Knight’s work centers around ideas related with correspondence. […]