about the artist
Kathleen McDonald is a West Indian multidisciplinary artist who creates installations in the themes of identity, culture, memory, and immigration. Her work uses aspects of the Caribbean including flora, mythology, and poetry to touch on mother/daughter relationships, question one’s relationship to place and past and reclaim lost histories. McDonald is trained in a variety of textile techniques, photography, printmaking, painting and metal fabrication and casting which are often used in her work.
McDonald received dual BFA degrees in Pictorial Art and Photography, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University. She has worked for non-profit and small art organizations educating and inspiring creativity in youth of varying ages. Since 2014 She has taught at a number of higher education institutions in the Bay Area such as West Valley College, and Academy of Art University, and she is currently Photography Facility Coordinator at San Jose State University.
McDonald maintains her studio practice in San Jose California and has exhibited in places such as New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Iran. McDonald has work permanently installed at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Credit Union, Barbados (Commissioned 2016), and her work has been featured consecutively in The Back Woman is God exhibition, most recently in the The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution at SOMArts (2017).