The wife of a sailor must often rely on unconventional means of communication to imaginatively connect with someone who cannot otherwise be reached. The character in these images represents a larger population of women who experience the varieties of loss that accompany their title. The loss may be temporary, for the duration of their voyage, or it may become permanent, as sailors do not always return home to their wives. In this work, I transform artifacts (often nautical ones) from their common state, allowing them to become emotional metaphors. Items that would be used by the sailor are altered to fit his wife’s needs as she assumes responsibilities in his absence.
Kat Kiernan received her BFA in Photography from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2011. Dedicated to the art of storytelling, she has exhibited her photographic narratives all along the east coast and her work has been featured in various publications including Fraction Magazine, Umter, and F-Stop. In 2012 she was named one of 30 emerging women photographers under the age of 30 to watch by Photoboite Agency. Kat currently resides in Lexington, Virginia, where she is the Owner and Director of The Kiernan Gallery. As the gallery's Director she has designed and managed numerous thematic exhibitions, curating both solo exhibitions and pop-up shows. She recently founded Don’t Take Pictures, a biannual publication focused on highlighting emerging fine art photographers. Her critical writings have been published in Big, Red, and Shiny and Art New England. Her stock photography is represented by Glasshouse Images. Select prints are available exclusively through Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
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