Visiting Artists & Designers


2012
Kathy Marmor
kmarmor(at)uvm(dot)edu

Kathy Marmor'sperformances and interactive multimedia installations are situated in the personal and function as feminist commentaries on modern culture. Her work focuses on the intersections of power, gender and technology to reveal the psychological and cultural constructions of self-identities. Kathy has exhibited widely in the United States. Her work has also shown at Ciber@rts-Bilbao, Spain and New Forms festival in Vancouver, Canada. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York and Light Work in Syracuse, New York. Kathy has an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Vermont.

My work explores identity as a paradoxical state that is informed by the entwining of nurture and nature. I focus on the politics of gender through a variety of social and psychological perspectives that are manifested either implicitly or explicitly in the work. Each installation or performance is conceptually based and is derived by researching a specific area of interest. I am particularly drawn to knowledge systems such as science, and linguistics because they provide provocative metaphors for the often-covert power relations that assist in structuring and defining identity.

I consider each installation as a responsive environment that encourages both contemplative and active participation. These environments allude to J.J Gibson's theory of affordances and ecological perception. Each installation implies an interaction, or an interactive dialogue, between the self and environment. A full understanding the work is dependent on corporeal and sensual engagement. Thus, over time the participant becomes aware of how the environment influences a conception of self.

Orienting and orientation are common themes that underlie each piece. Orientation is defined as determining position through a reference system and orientation describes the act of orienting or self-awareness. These two themes reinforce my contention that self and environment are interconnected and this assists in establishing and stabilizing identity.