Warren Stories: Kathy Bruce

Our Warren Stories series turns the spotlight on writers, readers, and artists within our community. Here, we’ll share their work, artistry, and personal stories in our effort to uplift every member of our community and make their voices heard. Have a story you’d like to tell? Contact us today!

Today, we’re going to hand the mic to Kathy Bruce, a visual artist and New Yorker currently living in Fife, Scotland. Kathy reached out to us with this image of a dead rabbit and we were so taken by it, we wanted to feature her work in this article.

Rabbit Encounter

Rabbit Encounter

The following is a showcase of Kathy’s work and her thoughts on why she creates these images. Want to connect with Kathy? Reach out to us.

Adaptive Behavior, from Tapadas, Saints and other Heroines, 7 x 9”

Adaptive Behavior, from Tapadas, Saints and other Heroines, 7 x 9”

From Environmental Fairytales, from a new series I am currently working on: Dark Adaptation, Legenda Aurea, Ecology of Sleep, To a Welsh Mockingbird

From Environmental Fairytales, from a new series I am currently working on: Dark Adaptation, Legenda Aurea, Ecology of Sleep, To a Welsh Mockingbird

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My small private investigations take the form of collages exploring the intimate relationship between the human/animal form and plant life, both physiological and emotional.

What interests me most is the way in which the human body/anatomy corresponds to structures in nature, plants, trees, and the landscape. This can manifest itself either internally or externally in the form of patterns, designs, or metaphorical context; the subtle yet enchanting similarities between the inner life of plants and trees and humans. What are humans if not plants and trees, themselves made-up of organic material?

Anthropomorphic imagery is often explored through depictions of the animal nature of humans and vice-versa but botany is seldom explored as the subject matter for examining the relationships between people and plants. Exceptions to this are the horticultural etchings of JJ Granville upon which this series of collages have largely been inspired. This French nineteenth century illustrator much admired by the Surrealists, personified flowers in his volume Les Fleurs Animées – 1947 that is a mix of the satirical and poetic images of flowers.

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Women, Nature and Evolution Series  16 x 12”, 12 x 10”

A Specific Hunger

A Specific Hunger

Kathy Bruce is a New Yorker currently living in Fife, Scotland. She received an M.F.A from Yale University and a certificate from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Her work explores mythological female forms within the context of poetry, literature and the natural environment. Ms. Bruce is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship, 2 Fulbright-Hayes scholar grants to Peru and a Ford Foundation Grant. She has exhibited her work in the US, UK and internationally including Senegal, Taiwan, Denmark, Peru, France, and Canada.