Kathy Halper (1958, Chicago, IL) is a mixed media artist whose work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago galleries, as well as countless museum and gallery exhibits. She has been shown at Context/Miami Art Week and has been written about in Huff Post, art magazines and blogs all over the world.
At the beginning of the social media revolution (circa 2010), Halper questioned issues of privacy and parenting through embroidered drawings based on found photos of teen behavior. This series garnered her international attention.
Increasingly drawn to the honesty found in Outsider Art, her current work integrates traditional painting with craft and found objects to create bas relief narratives documenting daily life.
These are her most personal works yet, showcasing her sharp humor and creative exploration. “Anti-Social Life” began as a response to the solitary existence and daily routine of pandemic living. It continues to draw attention to Halper’s issues with anxiety, isolation, the rut of routines, relationships with adult children and her 30 year + marriage. Cardboard layers, clay objects, glitter and more inject drama into stories where there may be none. Her dog often appears as a subject of inspiration. Three dimensional elements, warped perspectives and misshapen shapes create tension and lure the viewer into her unique worldview.
The artist lives in Evanston, IL with her husband, dog, and any visiting children.