Catherine Reinhart is an interdisciplinary artist living and creating in Ames, (Iowa). She received her BFA in Integrated Studio Arts – Printmaking and Fiber in 2008 from Iowa State University. In 2012, she completed her MFA in Textiles from the University of Kansas.
Reinhart exhibits her work locally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. These include a 2015 Grant from the Surface Design Association, and Art Project grants from the Iowa Arts Council in 2016 & 2020. Her work is included in the Southern Graphics Council Print Collection and Archives at the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Mississippi and the Print Department Permanent Collection at Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, Japan.
Reinhart has attended several invitational artist residencies including the 2018 Pentaculum at the Arrowmont School for Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.
“I am an interdisciplinary artist who makes fiber art, works on paper, and I conduct socially engaged projects with abandoned textiles. These works center on themes of domestic labor, mapping, and care.
I use ritualistic processes on found textiles to communicate the transformation power of caregiving. I focus on the realms I have labored in: childcare and care for the elderly. These economies of care run on small, simple, and repetitive acts which provide comfort, ease suffering, and connect us with each other”.
Repetitive action is a common thread in my studio practice. I dissemble, reconfigure, and alter abandoned textiles.
Recently, my socially engaged works rely on the communal actions of mending together. These shared experiences create unexpected ties. They are powerful antidotes to an increasingly divided and alarmist culture”.
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