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Mothers Wait - SculptureWalk 2013-14

Sculpture Details

Mothers Wait by Kate ChristopherSculpture Title: "Mothers Wait"

Artist: Kate Christopher

Location: Women's Center, Fourth Floor, Mezzanine

Amount: $1,400

Medium: Ceramic

Dimensions: 23 x 13 x 13

Sculpture Walk Season: 2013-14

Kate Christopher - Interview

As an artist, Kate Christopher specializes in carving those engulfing emotions in profound moments of one’s life. Christopher was moved to create “Mothers Wait” after viewing a newspaper photograph of a woman standing atop rubble, accompanied by an article about suicide bombers’ mothers unaware of their children’s intentions. Such circumstance and emotion reminded Christopher of any mother’s worry about her children, young and old.

When creating a new, expressive piece, she hopes viewers empathize or understand the formed circumstance. “I am happiest when people bring their own experience of life to the work and are inspired to consider and relate to the sculpture emotionally.”

Before settling in Mahtomedi, Minn., Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree in art at Beloit College in Wisconsin, a master’s degree with courses in cast metal and ceramics at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and master’s degree in educational counseling and administration at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Since high school, Christopher never hesitated to sharpen her artistic skills through classes and exhibition events.

Now nearing retirement, Christopher has truly used her talent to stir audiences’ perceptions and feelings. “I often call myself an artist/political activist. I pay attention and think about the human condition and wonder about solutions.” She hopes her sense of respect and care for people shines through her dynamic form of self-expression, sculpting.