My sculptures are made from a mixture of recycled materials and found objects such as bottle caps, cardboard, paper, building materials, and household hardware giving new life to what was once unwanted and discarded. Influenced by the practice of reuse, my material choices are based solely on what I already have on hand which is a collection of items that I have found or have been given to me by others. Sometimes my creations are ephemeral, existing only for a short period of time due to the fragile nature of the material. There are also times when I disassemble older work and use these pieces to create something new.
My process involves handling each object and exploring various ways in which to transform the material into something previously unimagined and unseen. Rather than conceiving an idea for a sculpture and figuring out how to create it, I allow the materials to guide me to the end result without any preconceived notion as to what the final outcome may be. Within each sculpture lies a unique story of where the material originally came from and its journey toward a new purpose and use. My work refers to the need for transformation and renewal in a world where natural resources are becoming more limited and creative solutions are required in order to sustain our society.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Kitty Gordon’s childhood dream was to one day manage an art supply store. Carrying forward her interest in both business and art, she earned her fine arts degree in sculpture from California College of the Arts nearly ten years after having received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Since then, she has been continually exploring different ways in which to create new sculptural forms. Her work has been displayed in gallery exhibitions, outdoor sculpture walks and as part of temporary site-specific installations throughout the United States and in Canada. Kitty conducts her artistic experiments and sculptural explorations in West Oakland.