Kathleen Finlay

mixed media sculpture

email : kathfin620@yahoo.com
web : www.kathleenfinlaystudio.com


  • Going Nowhere
    2008, plaster, found wood & wheels, 3' x 17" x 18"
  • Hooked
    2008, plaster, cotton, rock, 11" x 3' x 9"
  • Early Forest
    2006, plaster, found wood, 7' x 7' x 7"
  • Calamitious Arrangement
    2006, plaster, wool, 12" x 12' x 12"

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about the work

My work both illustrates and is a methodology: my pieces often demonstrate how something is made by visibly maintaining the steps of the process of its creation. Often I build a piece for each step, showing increments of growth, slow accretions, and revealing the accumulation of parts, shapes, particles or objects. The piece is the event. Some of my pieces deal with mechanics such as leverage, tension or support systems and these events can be metaphors for environmental or psychological situations. My work explores the essential impulse of how we make the world work for us.

I choose common materials such as plaster, sheetrock, cement, wool, found wood and other objects. There is a quality of utility as well as pleasure about them. I find satisfaction in the unprecious qualities of these materials and their contrasts: the softness of wool and the density of plaster.


Somerville Arts Council Artists Fellowship Grant, 2009
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Support Grant, 2005
Artist's Resource Trust, Artist's Grant, 2004
MCC Finalist Award, 2001


upcoming exhibition: Bromfield Gallery: “Early Mechanics,” June 2009
Nave Gallery: PLAY, 2006
Framingham State College: MATERIAL(S), 2006
Tufts University: Annual Summer Exhibition, 2004
Fitchburg Art Museum: New Talent, 2002
Windows Art Project, Somerville: 2001 and 2004


MFA Sculpture, Bard College, NY
Diploma/painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston