Love Letters from Seaweed was created during the summer months I spent exploring mid-Coast Maine. Each day just before sunrise, I biked to Birch Point Beach to witness the shore’s changing topography and the traces of ocean life spilled by the tide. Intrigued, I photographed spontaneous configurations of seaweed and natural artifacts in unworldly colors, brought together by spume and sand. Sugar kelp, bladderwrack, Irish moss, and sea lettuce, among other marine algae, covered the shore in calligraphic gestures and rune-like symbols. The next high tide would erase these remarkable assemblages in 12 hours and others would take their place—always a reminder that time and action are evolutionary agents moving everything toward something else.
Here I was, literally, on the front lines of climate change – barefoot on the land that will eventually be swallowed by melting glaciers. This awareness lends an urgency and relevance to my photographic work because ocean warming and acidification are forcing some species of seaweed into decline and affecting ocean biodiversity significantly. I am curious about the algae in our rapidly changing environment and I wish to become their ally (as they are a potential resource for mitigating some of climate change's deleterious effects).
Love Letters from Seaweed reflects, in part, my studies of Canang Sari (formal flower offerings created each morning by Balinese Hindus) and Picasso’s constellation drawings. The Balinese offerings are transitory and organic, like the assemblages I’ve photographed. And both Picasso’s line drawings and my images walk the tightrope between abstraction and figuration. They spring from the same source and impulse—a collaboration of nature and human that is instinctual and intelligent.
The Seaweed series is an expression of much that I value: quietude, synchronicity, unsung beauty, and the natural environment. The images have the potential to inspire viewers to consider what is underfoot and generally unseen, yet of great aesthetic and ecological importance.
Love Letters from Seaweed is "lovely, lovely work. I can just picture you walking the beach - beautiful colors and shapes. Isn’t seaweed terrific!"
- Susan Hand Shetterly,
Author of Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge (Algonquin Books, 2018)
Katherine Minott has lived in Arizona and New Mexico for most of her adult life. Her aesthetic has been shaped by the region's wide open horizons, cumulus clouds, and the ancient rock-bones of Mother Earth. Katherine's connection to the natural world began in Harvard, MA, where apple orchards, swamps, and Shaker cemeteries provided an important backdrop to her New England childhood. Exploration and discovery help to temporarily satiate some of her feverish curiosity about Life.
Katherine earned a Master of Arts degree and, for over 18 years, instructed college students in the fine art of writing. Via alternative teaching delivery methods and opportunities, she taught a wide variety of student populations: incarcerated teens and adults, troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an incoming class of state police recruits. Katherine also plied her craft as a freelance magazine writer, profiling one of the Discovery Channel's hit stars, Cody Lundin of Dual Survival.
Now a full-time visual artist, she spends many hours immersed in the deserts and mountains, camera in hand, often “cloud hidden, whereabouts unknown.” (Quote by Alan Watts)
The Sun - Photo - May 2019, Issue 521. Readership: 70,000+ subscribers.
The Sun - Photo - Jun 2018, Issue 510.
The Sun - p. 46 - Apr 2016, Issue 484.
New Mexico Magazine 15th Annual Photo Contest Winner, Category: Details, Award: First Place - Feb 2016 issue. Entries from 222 photographers from 34 states as well as Afghanistan, Brazil, Ireland, Israel, and the UK. Readership: 70,000 subscribers.
Nimrod International Journal - Back Cover Photo - Fall/Winter 2016, Vol. 60, Number 1
The Sun – Cover Photo – Jul 2015, Issue 475. Readership: 70,000+subscribers.
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New England Review – Cover Photo – Vol. 35, 2014, Number 3
Cream City Review – Cover Photo – fall/winter 2014, Vol. 38, Number 2
New Mexico Magazine 14th Annual Photo Contest Winner, Category: Animals, Award: Honorable Mention – Feb 2015 issue
Camas: The Nature of the West, University of Montana, p. 12, Volume 22, Number 2 - Summer 2014
Counterexample Poetics: Assemblage of Experimental Artistry, Mar 2014 issue
Santa Fe Manual 2013/2014 Contributing Photographer, p.62
New Mexico Magazine 13th Annual Photo Contest Winner, Category: People, Award: Honorable Mention - Feb 2014 issue. Over 1600 photo entries received by magazine.
Streetlight Magazine, Artist Interview, October, 2014
Ink & Alchemy, Featured Artist, robinkalinich.com – Feb. 2015, Feb. 2014
Santa Fe Manual 2012/2013 Contributing Photographer, pp. 17, 192
Visual Language Contemporary Art Featured Artist - Apr 2013, Volume 2 No. 4, pp. 58-63
Turning Art (turningart.com) Featured Artist - Feb 2011
Patagonia Regional Times, Patagonia, AZ, Contributing Photographer - 2010-12
Fayetteville Observer “ New Exhibit at Cape Fear Studios is an Exercise in the Abstract” Fayetteville, NC - Sep 18, 2011
Products/Online Stores/Corporate Curators
Indiewalls Inc. - Vetted Artist - 335 Madison Ave, 16 FL., New York, NY www.indiewalls.com
Turning Art - Vetted Artist - Art Sourcing and Curating to 15,000 subscribers - 184 South Street, Boston, MA
We’Moon™ 2017 Date Book - Stardust - Mother Tongue Ink Publisher
Greeting Cards by Gratefulness eCard gratefulness.org
Music Compact Disc Artwork - When Someday is Now by Bob Hemenger, Genre: Jazz, Bob Hemenger Music LLC, 2016
Juried Artist for Powis Custom™ iPad/iPhone products, 2929 5th Street, Berkeley, CA, powiscustom.com
Hyatt Place Hotel, Jacksonville, FL - 3 photographs for corporate boardroom
Loews Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue, New York, NY - http://www.gallery.indiewalls.com/loews-regency
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts - Margaret L. Gongaware Scholarship recipient, Gatlinburg, TN - 2019
Artist-in-Residence, fellowship recipient, Golden Apple, Harrington, ME - 2019
Image Journal - Glen Workshop scholarship recipient, Santa Fe, NM - 2019
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle ME -- Mary Beasom Bishop and Francis Sumner Merritt Scholarship Recipient-- 2018. Vetted by instructor Warren Seelig, 2018 United States Artists fellow
Surface: Emerging Artists of New Mexico, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM – Scholarship Recipient – 2013
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME—Lois B. Rosenthal Scholarship Recipient —2012
Selected Group Exhibitions
15th Annual New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest Winners' Exhibition, Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, Carrizozo, NM Jan-Sep 2016
2nd Annual Matanchen Bay Color Art Exhibit, Bahia Matanchen Cultural Center, Aticama, Nayarit, Mexico - Dec 2013-Jan 2014
"12x12" Exhibition and Fundraiser Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM - Dec 2013
“Surface: Emerging Artists of New Mexico” Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM – Jun 2013
“Flower Power” 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Dec 2012
“Abstract Art’s Passionate Freedom” Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC - Sep-Oct 2011
“Adventures in Art” Contents Interiors, Tucson, AZ - Apr 2011
Creative Spirit Artists Gallery, Patagonia, AZ - 2012-13
Flux Gallery, Tucson, AZ - 2011–12
Master of Arts, Prescott College, Prescott, AZ - 1995
The institution's motto: "For the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice"
Bachelor of Arts, Prescott College, Prescott, AZ - 1993