Bonnie Kaye Whitfield
Bonnie Kaye Whitfield is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. She earned an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2010. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland to Americans living abroad, she grew up in suburban Georgia. She received her BFA from The University of Georgia in 2004 and spent the next four years teaching studio art at St. Vincent Ferrer High School in Manhattan. She has shown work at LABA Gallery and the Art Students League in New York City, Spread Gallery & Myrtle Avenue Windows Gallery in Brooklyn, and at the Philadelphia Center for the Book. She received the Excellence in Academic Achievement in Fine Arts Award and the Student Leader of the Year Award from Pratt Institute.
I depict common, everyday objects, such as food and letters, often items associated with domestic life, nostalgia, or obsession. I want my work to allow viewers to reflect on our relationship towards those seemingly insignificant objects and to illustrate how the everyday influences behavior. Even objects that are typically mass-manufactured, such as index cards and lined notebook paper, are recreated & printed by hand in order to provoke connection to overlooked consumables. I use paper and ink, in the form of printmaking, to create a large portion of or as a catalyst for my work. Sometimes the work is contained and hangs on a wall. Other times the work requires more active participation.