15kh Steel Flag, Kate Hunt, newspaper, steel, 20” x 30” x 11.5”, 2006-2016,
22-24kh The Congressional Record, Kate Hunt, nails, twine, encaustic, 12" x 9" x 4"
Selected collections and exhibition venues:
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana; Sun Valley Art and Humanity Center, Ketchum, Idaho; Missoula Museum of Arts, Montana; Lewis and Clark Center for the Arts, Lewiston, Idaho (Earth Visions – solo exhibition); University of Idaho, Moscow; Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington (Transformations: Recycled Materials in American Art and Design – traveling exhibition); Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana (New Art of the West); Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington; Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.; Amangani Resort Hotel, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Hockaday Center for the Arts, Kalispell, Montana; Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle (Viable Resources: Artwork Selections from Regional Workplace Collections); Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana. Recipient: Individual Support Grant, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.
Newspaper as a construction material is cheap and easy to obtain. It forgives easily. I love the color and feel and its changes in color over time. The size range is equal to that of wood. Texture and density are adjustable. The audience has a history and experience with newspaper that they bring to each of my pieces resulting in a dialog that transcends anything that I thought of as an artist.
By contrast, newspaper as printed matter is enormously expensive to our society and world. We cut a tremendous amount of timber for this material that is read for only a few minutes then thrown into our landfills or recycled at a cost to the country and to the locale doing the recycling. Intact newspapers have been found in landfills that are 40 years old.