Kat Renee is an artist and illustrator. After graduate school at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Brehm Center, “an institute devoted to the integrated study of art, theology, and culture,” she became a self-employed commercial artist.
Recently, in an effort to create more meaningful artwork, Kat Renee began painting a collection of illustrations dedicated to the transcription of real-life experiences into visual stories. Using rag dolls as characters in these stories, she depicts each scene or portrait with specific detail and careful symbolism.
The manifestation of this idea is her ragged doll series.
“Tales of a Ragged Doll” will on view for one evening only, Saturday, February 18 at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena.
All original paintings, including prints, are available for viewing. Come peruse, snack and drink, and maybe add a ragged doll—and its story—to your collection.
I am not sure, even now, that I ever really found the right way to tell Cordelia’s story. She sat in my studio for weeks on end, questioning me, puzzling me. I knew where her story began. I knew what I believed her story to be…. and yet… there she sat. What would I, could I, do with her? She was secretive towards me, refusing to open up. Stubborn. Aloof.
And then. One day, to my surprise, she did open up.
But not to me. Clever Cordelia.
I hadn’t considered I wasn’t worthy of her story. I hadn’t considered her story wasn’t for me. I was made to watch from the outside instead, observing without experiencing, seeing without feeling. She spoke to someone, profoundly. But it wasn’t me.
Her message to me that day was different. Watching her speak to another, I knew clearly. Although I brought Cordelia’s form into being, she alone may choose to whom her story is told. And I smile. I am satisfied. I don’t need to know or hear every story that comes from my brush. I am satisfied as long as someone out there can. As long as someone hears, I will continue to tell.
—Kat Renee, TalesOfARaggedDoll.com
“Tales of a Ragged Doll”
Saturday, Feb. 18 with doors opening at 5 p.m.
Gallery 30 South, 30 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena
For more info, visit event Facebook page
Image, top right: “Oblomov, the very first doll. Oblomov: A Story About Nothing.”
The idea of Truth, objective truth, is a tricky thing. For one, few people believe she exists anymore. Due no doubt to her elusive nature, Truth is commonly coupled with Myth; seen instead as an antiquated fictional creature or an elaborate illusion.
In fact, I think nowadays it is more common to view Truth not as herself, but rather as an impression of herself, known as ‘truth.’ …Or as I like to call her, Perception.
Given the shift, I will openly admit that I am not so prepared to completely abandon Truth’s original identity or the possibility of her existence. And for no other reason than this: Perception and Truth are most certainly not the same thing. Perception is very clever and very convincing, and for all intents and purposes, looks exactly like Truth. But she isn’t. Simply consider the likelihood that just because we perceive truth as being one way, does not mean that she is in fact that way.
There is, if ever so slightly, the distinct possibility that Truth may differ significantly from truth.
For Clausa, this possibility has never been more relevant. Her story is one of contending realities; and the ability to discern between Perception and Truth, could make for her all the anecdotal difference.
—Kat Renee, TalesOfARaggedDoll.com