Artist Feature: Kathleen Granados

The outline of a pair of scissors bulges against the fabric of a dish towel. A crocheted glove molded as if around a hand, held upside down. A spoon suspended within a checked fabric. When looking at Kathleen Granados‘s artwork, it’s not surprising to learn about her background in crafting. “I was brought up sewing, crocheting, and cross-stitching,” she explains, and much of her work includes crafting materials — yarn, felt, thread — as well as illusions to domestic life. In fact, many of the materials she uses come from her own home or from the homes of family members. And while this seems to be a primary focus of Granados’s, she does not limit herself or her art. “I like to work with a variety of media,” she says, “as my material choice is typically contingent upon the project.”

Leftovers (detail), 2020. Found eating spoons, modeling paste, family dishtowels, personal dishtowels, dimensions variable

In addition to her mixed media creations, Granados has also experimented with sound, printmaking, and photography. She is heavily influenced by the concepts of memory and history, and the identity we each inherit from our own personal histories.

Granados uses her artistic and personal background to develop a fresh perspective on these themes. “I remember loving art as a child, and always created, but never felt it was possible for me to pursue seriously,” she says. Still, she went on to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she earned a BFA. Now, about to graduate with an MFA in Fine Art from Hunter College, Granados has found herself not only pursuing a career in art, but earning many successes along the way.

Shared Ritual, 2019. Family dishtowels, tablespoon, thread, modeling paste, approximately 8” x 11”

She is definitely an artist to watch and, along with the rest of her MFA class, her work is part of an online exhibition at Hauser & Wirth that is on view until February 10th, 2021. You can also see her finished MFA thesis exhibition Save the Last Dance from November 28- December 12, 2020 at 205 Hudson Gallery. Due to restrictions from COVID, visitors must make an appointment and capacity will be limited. 

To learn more about Granados, visit her website at: https://www.kathleengranados.com/