Artist Statement

I experience my art as a radical response and prayer to life.  Each piece develops as a deep, evolutionary process, expressing my personal spiritual journey and the emotional vicissitudes of beingness.  The sculptures arise out of an erotic dance between my hands and the clay, as we give, yield, caress, and let go into the unknown. My creative hope is to connect to you, the viewer, at a heart level. I am grateful to you for witnessing my creations, for the experiences from which the art has emerged, and for “Source” through which they arise.  With my interest in Junginan psychology and world spirituality, my work often reflects archetypal themes.  I believe the more personal the piece, the more we touch into the heart of everyone.  We are all one.

Biography

I am a working ceramic artist.  I have shown my work in galleries in: Christchurch New Zealand; Oakland, Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, and Sausalito California; in Tryon, Charlotte and Asheville, North Carolina; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  My background includes a Masters in Spirituality from the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality, at Holy Names College, in Oakland CA, and a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto CA, with an emphasis on creativity and spiritual guidance.  I am a registered with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association as an Expressive Arts Therapist.   For the last 15 years, I have taught masters level courses, (in the fields of transpersonal psychology, creativity and innovation, and expressive arts), at several Universities in the Bay area, facilitated expressive arts workshops for groups, and offered individual sessions in expressive arts therapy.  I love facilitating the awakening of creativity, and the enlivening of the connection of the souls journey through the heart center, through the artistic medium of clay.

I continue to explore my own personal spiritual journey through ceramics and mixed media.  I am primarily self-taught, and find the experience of playing with clay continues to be a passion.  For me, the evolutionary, symbolic process of working with clay is magical. I moved to Santa Fe in October 2015 to pursue my art more fully and to continue offering classes and private sessions in “Clay as a Spiritual Practice”.

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Thank you for your interest in my work!  For a full Resume, click here.

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To have a look at my figurative work please fell free to browse www.katmciver.com

Sincerely, 

 
Kat McIver

Kat McIver