Kathleen C. Waggoner
Portrait © Donna Granata 2005
Kathleen Waggoner shapes the song of woman – searching, triumphant and proud – in clay. It is the exploration and expression of human emotion, of feelings not easily put into words, that drives her work. Originally trained as a painter, she became increasingly aware of the distance between what she was feeling and the two-dimensional representation on the canvas. During an emotionally challenging time in her own life she enrolled in a ceramics class at Moorpark College and found the physical, hands-on connection with the clay eliminated that distance. Inspired by myth, native cultures and her own on-going exploration of self, her work is at once iconic and playful, sensual and spiritual. In her most recent figures she has carved directly into the wet clay both personal and universal symbols reminiscent of ritualistic scarring or perhaps as witness that from personal scars comes beauty.
Waggoner’s documentation took place in 2008 and was co-sponsored by Peter and Lainie Cannon and Jim and Meg Easton.
The Focus On The Masters archive has extensive information about this artist.