Kat Chávez

Kat Chávez

Public Programs Assistant, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Mixed media

Woodcut print in green ink on off-white paper, in portrait orientation. Abstract lines cut into the print reveal the paper, evoking plants.


Botánica Extraña


Woodcut print on paper

Botánica Extraña (2018) is one of eight woodcut prints created by the artist as part of a community-oriented herbal healing project.

 

A deep reddish-pink image is painted on fabric, abstracted. On top of the image, a plant with flowers is embroidered using thin red yarn.


Mirabilis Jalapa


Cochineal dye on muslin and yarn

This work was created using cochineal, a dye with a violent colonial history in the Americas. The embroidered plant is "Mirabilis Jalapa."

 

Artist Statement


Kat Chávez is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and curator. Raised on Tongva and Chumash land (known widely as Los Angeles, California), Kat often works as a printmaker and textile artist, occasionally combining mediums to create installations.