Kathy received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with an emphasis in photography. Upon graduation she began a 20-year career of teaching photography in the northwest including Eastern Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University and the Bush School – and showing her art. Her work has been widely exhibited at regional and national venues, including the Seattle Art Museum, where it was prominently featured in a 3-person show “Altered Images.” It is also included in numerous public art collections.
All her life experiences have influenced what and how she photographs, with each new development building on the last.
On a trip to New Mexico she discovered petroglyphs, which for her, presented the same visual impact as walls totally covered with graffiti. This led to her continued interest in petroglyphs, as well as other pictorial languages – such as Egyptian hieroglyphics, hobo signs, ancient Roman signs – and using these signs and symbols in her own work.
On a trip to England, she discovered stone circles, sparking her ongoing work of finding and exploring stones and relics around the world. She is interested in the relationship of ruins to their current surroundings compared to the knowledge of their ancient state.
After a trip photographing Mayan ruins she visited Fort Worden in Port Townsend. The remnants of the Fort’s Battery’s in such a beautiful landscape reminded her of being in a Mayan ruin. This began her current project of photographing Fort Worden, Fort Flagler, and Fort Casey throughout the four seasons, with the intent of capturing the abandoned forts entwined with the rich landscape while bringing to mind the vision of fortresses filled with American soldiers prepared to defend the Puget Sound.
Photography is not Kathy’s only interest. In 2006, she launched aftertheimage, a full-service design firm offering brand development, marketing collateral, web design and development, and photography.
Today, she has found a nice balance between her professions as an artist, and designer. Her fine-art background influences her design while her design background affects the way she sees, thinks about, and creates her photographs. Each set of skills strengthens the other.
Learn more about Kathy at her website: kathyfridstein.com