Kate Budd l Quarter Art 2014
Budd seeks forms that are archetypal and self-contained in the way of a stone or a piece of fruit. Desire, disease, fecundity and constraint are recurring themes; she worries at them like a dog with a bone. By wrapping, polishing and embellishing, She makes physical metaphors for these ideas and give in gracefully to the human desire for artifice and decoration.
Creating a positive by removing material is both magical and challenging; wax is a pleasure to work - cool, responsive, translucent. As she carves, form and meaning shift. Knowledge, intuition, imperfect memory and imagination coalesce into hybrids that inhabit a zone between the organic and functional, the psychologically charged and the coolly neutral.
Visiting Scottish museums as a child, she was fascinated by ancient Pictish stone spheres. The museum didactics said only "use unknown, possibly ritual". Oddly functional in appearance and old beyond my comprehension, these forms had presence and mystery and gave her a sense of the power small objects can have.
Tiny things invite intimacy, begging to be held and rewarding close inspection. Working at this scale allows for a higher level of detail, focus and intensity. The pieces have become repositories for everything Budd has learned from being a human at this time and place; she strives for perfection to increase their chances of survival. They may be fragile and vulnerable, but if she succeeds, they will endure.
Kate Budd was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1969. She received a BA degree from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland (1990) and an MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1995). Budd has received three Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and her work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibits. Solo exhibits include "tableau" at William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio; "Thorny" at Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston, Texas; "Kate Budd: On Site Ohio" at the Akron Art Museum and "Talisman" at Kenyon College, Ohio. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, New Art Examiner and Sculpture magazines and she is currently represented by William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio. Her work is in the collections of Sonny Burt & Robert Butler of Dallas, Texas; ProcessCreative, Cleveland, Ohio; Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio; and Progressive Insurance Casualty Company, Cleveland, Ohio. Before coming to the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron, Budd taught in the sculpture department at the University of Texas in Austin for three years. She is now an Associate Professor of Art at the Myers School of Art where she has taught 3-D Design and Sculpture since 1998.