Catherine Kennedy ’05 had an exhibition titled Contemporary Journeys: Installation Art that was on view at the UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery January 17 through February 9.
About the exhibition:
Born in Liberia West Africa, Catherine Kennedy left her country in the early 1990s during the first Liberian Civil War. After a period in Ivory Coast, Kennedy relocated to the United States to reunite with her father and her grandmother who had refugee status. Kennedy’s work explores the artist’s experiences as a displaced person and addresses contemporary and historical paths between the Americas and West Africa, including the triangular trade and paths that bring African refugees and immigrants to the United States. Kennedy’s installation includes abstracted maps, rice and dried fish, wax self-portraits, video featuring the artist’s grandmother, and sculptural objects she calls “body bowls.”