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Bio & Artist Statement

MY WORK IS ABOUT
ESCAPE.

Kathryn Coers Rossman

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BIOGRAPHY:

STATEMENT:

Kathryn Coers Rossman (insta: @kathryncoersrossman) is a conceptual photographer and creative director in Bloomington, IN, USA. She studied modernism, literature and urbanism in graduate school at New York University and design and the visual arts via the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) academic program. She was the official event photographer for the 2021 Kiwanis Indiana Hot Air Balloon Festival, a featured artist at the 2021 Indy Rama home design show, and was the first Emerging Artist Grant recipient named by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission. Her work has been featured in Sophisticated Living magazine and she is a contributor at Bloom magazine. Kathryn's "The Majorette" (2022) was included in Cerulean: A Winter Photography Exhibit by Pattern magazine.

Kathryn is happily married and is the proud mother of a four-year-old son. A Hoosier, she left her home state for twenty years, working in Silicon Valley, New York City's East Village and South Florida, before returning to Indiana. Her cousin, photojournalist Michael Coers (deceased), won the Pulitzer Prize documenting school integration for the Louisville Courier Journal in 1975.

 

Known for images showcasing fantastic beauty and sweeping neglect, the allure Kathryn displays may hide an insidious evil. Emphasizing theatricality and absorption, bordering on fantasy and surrealism, her work is less about identity, politics and individualism than collective escape. She problematically offers nostalgia as a distraction from unpleasant realities and enjoys mixing tangible objects both hard and soft with thematic elements that are cozy and challenging, highbrow and kitsch. The self-described "Lisa Frank" of photo editing, she creates cinematic compositions and utilizes vivid colors that pop!

Her portraits occur within perfectly manicured sets with curated vintage clothing, props and backdrops built around her subjects like oversized dollhouses. She learned photography as an eBay reseller during The Great Recession, selling thrifted jewelry to Courtney Love at Chateau Marmont and frequently landing on Etsy's front page. She was self-employed as a product photographer for a decade before compiling her fine art and editorial portfolio.

​Illuminate: Emerging Bloomington ArtistsConstellation Stage and Screen & Bloomington Arts Commission

John Waldron Art Center

Rosemary P. Miller Gallery

122 S Walnut St

Bloomington, IN 47404

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 5 - 8 PM

January 6 - February 24, 2023

Artist Talk in February

Visual Arts Exhibition

Constellation Stage and Screen

Ted Jones Playhouse
107 W 9th St
Bloomington, IN 47404

January 26 - April 8, 2023

Seven Deadly Sins

Accrete Art Collective & Backspace Gallery

Bloomington, IN

January 6 - 28, 2023

Something Figurative, This Way Comes

Accrete Art Collective & Backspace Gallery

Bloomington, IN

​November 4 - 26, 2022

2022 Juried Exhibition

Bloomington Photography Club

John Waldron Art Center

Bloomington, IN

​​October 13 - December 15, 2022

12-IN. UNDER

Accrete Art Collective & Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington

Arts Alliance Center in the College Mall

Bloomington, IN

September 3 - 25, 2022

Pop-Up Exhibit

Bloomington Photography Club

Monroe County Convention Center

Bloomington, IN

August 1 - 31, 2022

Indiana State Fair

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

Indianapolis, IN

July 29 - August 21, 2022

Fluffy & Airy

Accrete Art Collective & Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington

Arts Alliance Center in the College Mall

Bloomington, IN

​July 8 - August 6, 2022

Monroe County Fair

Monroe County Fairgrounds

Bloomington, IN

June 27 - July 3, 2022

Intertwined: Art & Tech

High Frequency Arts

Hub & Spoke Design Center

Indianapolis, IN

April 1 - June 30, 2022

Cerulean: A Winter Photography Exhibit

Pattern Magazine

317 Paradox
Indianapolis, IN
January 21 - February 28, 2022


Everything is Cyclical

Accrete Art Collective

Opie Taylor's Gallery
Bloomington, IN
January 14 - 28, 2022

Celebration of Nature

Eagle Creek Park Foundation

Earth Discovery Center
Indianapolis, IN
December 4 - 19, 2021

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Accrete Art Collective

Opie Taylor's Gallery
Bloomington, IN
November 26 - December 18, 2021

Indy Rama Home Tour

Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

October 29 - 31 + November 5 - 7, 2021

Images of Nature Exhibition

Eagle Creek Park Foundation

Earth Discovery Center

Indianapolis, IN

September 18 - October 3, 2021

Emerging Artist Grant Recipient

City of Bloomington Arts Commission
Bloomington, IN - 2021

Grant Reader

City of Bloomington Arts Commission
Bloomington, IN
- 2022

Color Class Champion

Color Salon Class Reserve Champion

Monroe County Fair

Bloomington, IN - 2022

Professional Portrait Class Honorable Mention

Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis, IN - 2022

Member of the Bloomington Photography Club

in Bloomington, Indiana.

Member of the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts Photo Review.

COPYRIGHT

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