Kathleen Bishop



Ordinary Miracles
These images are studies of ordinary places that are representative of collective ideas about transcending and failing to transcend the quotidian existence of daily life. Apparently prosaic scenes contain cultural signifiers of transcendence from the temporal to the spiritual. Each image is a singular photograph that suggests varying degrees of success or failure to permeate this threshold. They are taken in the documentary tradition, with only minor adjustments in post production, but their subject matter is suggestive of a borderland that exists between mundane and spiritual spaces. The empirical reality of a single recorded moment must necessarily fail to transcend the temporal, just as our outward existence in everyday life must occur in the mundane.  Both the camera and our eyes have an inherent limitation to see only the concrete objects before them. This impenetrable threshold is sometimes idyllic and at other times unsettling. These images are representations of ordinary miracles hidden in the landscape of everyday life.
The Cyanotypes: Ordinary Miracles series begin as IPhone images. The contemporary subject matter and use of a modern "pocket" camera to make the images gives a fresh update to a classic printing technique. One of a kind handmade Cyanotype prints are created from these Lo Fi digital files on Rives BFK paper stock. Each print is then scanned digitally and printed on Photo Rag paper. This hybrid process that utilizes both the latest digital technology and one of the first analog photographic processes playfully explores how they can be integrated to make use of the best qualities of both: the instant yet LoFi IPhone photo meets the craftsmanship of the hand coated paper and slow exposure of the Cyanotype. Thus the LoFi digital image finds an ideal pairing, one that embraces its graininess and soft focus, and creates a finished piece that is a LoFi analog and digital photograph. The digital printing process allows the image to be printed at any size in a modern and truly archival format. It is an unmistakably analog, handmade image that makes use of the best of digital technology.





Education & Selected Professional Experience

Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM, Adjunct Photography Faculty  2012-present

National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, MFA Photography  2007

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, BFA Photography   2000

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, Undergraduate Photography  1994-95

College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, Undergraduate Photography   1991-92

University of Maryland, Catonsville, MD, Undergraduate Photography   1990-91


Selected Solo Exhibitions & Residencies

Arroyo Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Gallery Artist   2012-13

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France, Artist in Residence   2007-08

Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD, Real Ireland (Solo)   2003


Selected Group Exhibitions

2015    Do You Like Love? Photomonth International Photography Festival, Salt &

     Pegram, London UK

            A Postcard From Devon, Artizan Gallery, Torquay UK

            A Letter In Mind, OXO Gallery Tower Wharf, London UK

            Summertime Arts 2015, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe NM

2014    Summer Show, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe NM

            Annual Spring Show, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe NM

2013    Holiday Show, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe NM

            The Postcard Show, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Ireland

            From the Inside Part II, Visual Arts Gallery, Santa Fe NM

            Meet Me In September, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe NM

            Road Trip, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory NC

            10x10x10x Tieton, Mighty Tieton Gallery, Tieton WA

            Summer Show, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe NM

            Collect Ten/Lucky 13, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe NM

            Arroyo Artists Group Show, The Fairmont, Santa Fe NM

2012    Collect Ten, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe NM

2010    The Burren: Exhibition of Photography, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan


2007    Muscailt na Boirne Arts Festival, Chapel of the National University of Ireland,

     Galway Ireland

            Even Odd, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan Ireland

2006    Tulca Fringe Festival, Galway Arts Centre & Hynes Electrical Shop, Galway


            Works on Paper 2006, Glor Gallery, Ennis Ireland

2005    15x15, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD

2004    The Art Connection at MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD

2002    15x15, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD


Selected Publications

Corless, Nicola, “Doing business in the Burren”, The Clare Champion, March 9, 2010

Moore, Niall, “Burren College of Art MFA Degree Show, April 2007”, Circa, April 2007

Andrews, Kernan, “Tulca and its fringe festival start tomorrow” Galway Advertiser,

      Nov 9, 2006

Art Section, “The Art Connection”, New York Times, June 18, 2004

Gebhardt, Sara, “Photographer Finds ‘Real Ireland’ ”, Washington Post, Nov 27, 2003

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