Kate Holcomb Hale is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works just outside Boston, MA. Kate creates installations, hand-sewn soft sculptures and paper clay impressions as vehicles to consider the burden and privilege of care, grief, the residue of families and the invisible labor that occurs within the domestic sphere. All her artworks contain the residue of caring for her family over the past decade. They were created with the intention of making the invisible labor of families palpable and visible. While the work is personal, it simultaneously points to the unseen labor force of women, mothers and caregivers whose care work is essential yet remains to be acknowledged, compensated for and valued.
Kate received her MFA in critical theory and studio art from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally including exhibitions at LaiSun Keane Gallery (Boston MA), Zabludowicz Collection (London UK), Praise Shadows Art Gallery (Boston MA), Spilt Milk Gallery (Edinburgh Scotland) and the ICA (Portland ME). She recently attended the Jenny Family Residency in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia. Kate has a forthcoming solo presentation at The Danforth Art Museum opening October 7, 2023.