Kathleen Florance

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Kathleen Florance lives and maintains her studio in the Midcoast area of Maine. She has worked with a wide range of materials and formats, including large environmental installations and community-based projects.

Florance’s work in the exhibition Paperwork is drawn from three series: “Tango,” “Continuum,” and “Between.” As she describes her “Tango” series: “As a less-than-graceful tomboy of a little girl, I had wonderful dreams of dancing … stepping, swirling, bending, twirling. My art is now that dance. This series, as with all of my work, is based on the forms and study of nature. In this case, I found great inspiration in the lines and spaces in the architecture of spider webs. Informed and intrigued by concept and structure, I began my dance - step in, step out, swoop and bend. Each piece is a new dance - moving and turning, bending and stepping - guided by line, charmed by color. Dancing to the last mark.”

The “Continuum” pieces similarly explore how forms and colors interact with space and line. “Between” is a continuing series focused on the relationships between symbols, color, and line and how those relationships speak to our 21st century environment.

Environmental Installation Projects

  • 2002 - 2007
    Circadia. A community-based environmental art project which provided leadership roles and academic credit to alternative education students of high school age.

  • 2001
    Eye of the Elk. A collaborative “Art in Nature” Residency at the Art Center of Kingdom Falls, ME

  • 2000
    Protection. An international environmental installation in two phases, one in Maine, one in Bulgaria.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015
    Tango, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

  • 2009
    The Source and The Energy, Images from the series “Tessellation,” Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

  • 2001
    Protection, Photographic documentation from the installation, American Center, Sophia, Bulgaria

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