local artist event at the shop!

We’re so excited to kick off our inaugural installation at the 12Stairs Gallery with a new body of work by Boston-based artist, Kate Castelli. Kate was the first to be featured in our former Fort Point shop location and we’re ecstatic to have her back!

Please join us (and Kate!) this Thursday as we celebrate Ms. Castelli’s work in collaboration with Anna Schindelar, curator of the installation. All of the work will be available for purchase in the shop thru April 26th. Be sure to read on for some updates and insights from Kate.

Art Opening
Thursday, February 13th | 5 to 7 pm
Twelve Chairs
581 Tremont St | South End, Boston

What have you been up to since your last show at Twelve Chairs?

I’ve had a lot on my plate, but busy is good! I recently finished the grad program at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and got my MFA in printmaking and book arts. It was an intense two years and I’m still wrapping my head around my new work and what is next. I’ve been traveling– I had the opportunity to travel to London to do research for my thesis, and post-graduation I took a sun-drenched trip to Italy and the Venice Biennale. I’m currently teaching as adjunct faculty in the Foundation and Illustration departments at Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly AIB). And I’m the blog editor and board member at Glovebox, a non-profit organization created to enable greater awareness of the art of emerging and established artists in Boston and beyond.

What inspired you for this body of work?

End pages are usually ignored. Turned in haste to get to the beginning of the story, they are quiet, blank; but paper has a memory—retaining history in the edges and corners. It survives as its own story. I’ve always been a bit of a magpie. It’s an active part of my process to haunt used bookstores and antique shops, especially when I travel. I began saving end papers from old books because I was interested in printing and drawing on them. The found paper had a subtlety that new paper lacked. The color of old paper is particularly beautiful. The lines in my prints and drawings are both obsessive and meditative. They echo the written and printed word, horizons, falling rain, and the endless balance between order and chaos.

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