Kathy Bussert-Webb 3DbyKathy.com
Interdisciplinary art, installations, performance art, socially engaged art
Food sits at the centerpiece of my interdisciplinary practice, which explores gender, abuse, health, consumption, and farm animals. My refugee mother experienced food insecurity, which she projected by having us eat until we were stuffed. Growing up with a polyglot Hungarian mother and teaching literacy methods in the Rio Grande Valley, TX, inform my hybrid art practices, such as creating assemblage, including poetry and dialogue, and translanguaging (combining languages, such as Hungarian and English).
I invite participants to use their senses when interacting with my work, like smelling bacon, opening doors, rattling soft sculptures, and turning pages of a children's book the size of a twin mattress. I incorporate a range of materials for installations, performance art, and socially engaged art. For instance, I used resin in three installations to signify a toxic childhood experience. I also upcycle materials because I hoard and improvise, like my late mother. For instance, in the tapestry/banner Us, I incorporate leather from a ripped couch cushion, which I had saved after we replaced the cushion 10 years ago. In conclusion, I’m an interdisciplinary artist focused on food memories.
BIOGRAPHY & CV
Dr. Kathy, a multimedia artist, received her Ph.D. in Language Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is Professor Emeritus in UTRGV’s Bilingual and Literacy Studies Department, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and will receive her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in three-dimensional (3D) studio art from UTRGV in May 2022.). Kathy was a 2021 fellow at the Chautauqua School of Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY. She has exhibited in several national/international juried and non-juried shows and has initiated several socially engaged art experiences with children and adults. She will have her first pop-up installation at the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) in April 2022.