Caprario_Bio_photo_1Kathleen Caprario traded the concrete canyons of the New York/New Jersey Metro Area for the real canyons and broad skies of the Pacific NW in the late 1970’s. Her early work reflected the experience of living and growing up in an urban area. But living in Oregon transformed the architecturally inspired work she had been doing into the architectonic shapes and patterns of the high desert, coastal rock formations and the openness of the seemingly infinite space that was her new home.

In addition to Caprario’s studio practice, she writes and performs stand-up comedy in the Eugene area. She recently wrote and produced a short film based on her comedy and life, “Mourning After” (19:47), in conjunction with the Shaggy Dog Project and the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA), Eugene. “Mourning After,” was premiered at the non-juried Short Film Corner at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, France (2014).

Caprario studied both painting and textile design in art school and worked as a fabric designer in New York’s Garment District in the mid 1970’s. One of her original designs was the first printed repetition of the splattered, distressed jeans look; it sold thousands of yards, was printed on every sort of material imaginable and made into pants, shirts, skirts and the like—“ready-to-wear Pollock.” Her early career in textile design focused her attention on repeated motifs and she developed an interest in pattern and its cultural associations to feminine identity as well as the environment. That insight, coupled with having lived most of her adult life in the Pacific Northwest, has firmly rooted her creative practice in landscape, identity and the relationship of self to nature.

Kathleen Caprario exhibits her work regionally and nationally, and she received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 1989. Artist residences at the Graves’ Foundation (2014, 2009), Playa at Summer Lake (2011), the Jentel Foundation (2007) and the Ucross Foundation (1985), as well as living and working with Aboriginal children in Central Australia (2010) have informed and continue to inspire her work. Her teaching includes Adjunct Instructor appointments for the Art Departments at Oregon State University and Lane Community College.