"I wear the two hats, of medicine and art, and the two are intimately connected for me as the body speaks directly and sometimes through innuendo but always revealing self. Painting the figure comes from a deep appreciation of the hidden, the emerging and finally the evolving sensuality of all bodies."
"I have spent my life creating safe spaces for patients to reveal themselves and in turn, painting has given me that safe space to reveal myself."
Katha Rossein is an American artist who lives between Colorado, USA and Mexico.
"The body is my medium I see/feel/know the body as something that gives me inspiration. As a physician and artist, it is the language with which I am most comfortable. Studying Fine Arts at NYU during the late 1960s was a time fraught with political movements from both the anti-war movement to civil rights to the women’s movement and my training as both a painter and printmaker quickly combined using figurative expression to speak to the politics of the times. I then went on to complete my medical degree at New York Medical College and for forty years I cared for and nurtured others to achieve their body’s best.
The concentration in my artwork shifted from political to personal, from individual to universal — the new conversation embraced the hard questions of loss, turbulence and suffering as well as triumphs and change. Ironically the politics of the current times are once again calling to me and I find my art trying to grapple once again with racism, feminism, global climate change and a worldwide health and human crisis. My art continues to be my visceral voice; the organic expression of all that compels me."
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist