Object Lessons

Artist Statement

As a woman artist, I feel most qualified to offer perspectives on what it means to be a woman in the world. Such work enables us to consider women in ways that focus on our lives, passions, and past histories, and consider how the male gaze has historically objectified women, fragmenting their outward appearance from their personhood and psychological experiences. The longstanding, standardized concept of feminine beauty needs to be recalibrated; it requires depicting the beauty of the female body in all of its imperfections, which continue to be so taboo in our culture.

Kathy Bruce Headshot

Kathy Bruce is a US visual artist based in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship,  two Fulbright-Hays scholar grants and a Ford Foundation Grant. Her work has been exhibited in the UK,US, and internationally, including Senegal, Taiwan, Denmark, Peru, France, and Canada. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Bruce is a contributor to various literary journals including: Three Rooms Press, The Vassar Review, Alchemy Literary Magazine, Open Minds Quarterly Journal, The Perch (Yale University School of Medicine), The New Southern Fugitives, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Ignation Literary Journal, Variant Literature, Landlocked Literary Magazine, Rejoinder (Rutgers University), The Brooklyn Review, Twyckenham Notes, Porter House Review, Pushing Out the Boat, National Women’s History Museum, and Minding Nature.