Kait Brink is California native mixed-media artist who landed in Northampton by way of a BFA in Studio Art from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Kait began her undergraduate career as a Linguistics, French and German major, but found that her study of words, above all, compelled her to make art. With a change in major and fully immersed in studio art, Kait found her talent translating her physical, emotional, and intellectual world into color, form, and texture.
As part of an assignment in her woodwork course, Kait constructed her first set of giant wooden knitting needles. The subsequent projects involving a range of massive needles and various recycled fibers and textiles in lieu of yarn, have become a staple to her practice.
Today, Kait’s “big knits” are as much performance art as they are textile or craft. Check out this video of Kindred Sweater Swatch in collaboration with local artist Diana Waldon.
Unlike her knitting, a rhythmic practice that fulfills her desire for order and tactility, watercolor is Kait’s “chosen way of making the images I see visible,” according to a recent interview with Northampton’s Daily Hampshire Gazette. Her delicate figurative paintings operate in the surreal space between dreams and reality. Her process requires the utmost care and deliberation, giving each painting its own sentient quality.
Kait creates all her work from her Cottage Street Studios space in Easthampton, MA and shows frequently around the Pioneer Valley. Visit her website, read an interview, and peruse Ugly Cookies, her Etsy shop.