Kathy Weaver’s work addresses technology and art. She is known for using the labor-intensive quilt medium, nostalgic materials, and the robot persona where her pieces have layers of meaning about time, personal and political conflict and memory. The robot represents scientific and technological progress resulting in change to the status quo.
In addition to her use of quilting materials, Kathy is a painter and often combines painting, drawing and fibers in her works. This is the case with her two series of works: Collateral Damage and Neural Networks.
She says of her works:
In the Collateral Damage series I use the robot to comment on the chaos and tragedies of war. My drawings are stage sets where the viewer is witness to the scene and where robots act out human dramas. Nature acts as a backdrop to the robot’s unexpected individuality and suggests the paradox of technology being used as an instrument of destruction.
With the Neural Networks series I investigate our perception of the interior world of our body, our neural networks, synapses and dendrites from a macro point of view. The interior of the body and the vastness of the universe are viewed as parallel entities where the more we use technology and science to peer into these respective fields of information, the more layered and intensely complex they reveal themselves to be.
Three of her works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Weaver exhibits nationally and internationally. She received the Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award at Quilt National ’07 and has an extensive exhibition history. She has received many awards and can be seen in various books and publications. She has been a repeated fellow at the Ragdale Foundation and the Hambidge Center for the Arts. Her works are exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally.