Kass Copeland makes her home in Chicago. She wears a few hats in the art world, including graphic design, logo design, and digital image works. But, here, let’s look at her amazing works in collage and assemblage.
I love Kass’s work. It surprises me that someone so involved in the more modern aspects of art and computers can create what appears to be timeless, traditional assemblage. She gives a nod to the past and incorporates her own strong interpretations to the medium. The simplicity of her works, the subdued color pallet, and rich imagery is so appealing.
John Messenger writes in “Artists in Chicago” of Kass:
“While Cornell’s assemblages were often so specific to be coolly abstract in
their meanings, Copeland never fails to create an emotional resonance with her
viewer. Longing, loneliness, joy, sorrow, nostalgia, melancholy, wistfulness,
hopefulness all find their voice in her astounding body of work. Kass Copeland’s
color palette tends toward a restrained range of earth tones, subtle tints, gold
and silver, dark rich reds and ambers, and beautiful woods. But her emotional
palette is complex and complete, drawing the viewer immediately into her
cleverly devised constructions, then lingering far more in one’s memory, like a
wistful old song that keeps playing in your head, long after one has heard
Kass is a favorite assemblage artist on Pinterest, and rightly so! You can find her works pinned on every assemblage board. You can find a lot of her inspiring works there, as well as in images for google and yahoo. She is an active member of the Chicago art scene, and I see she participates in open studio tours there. Someday, I’d like to get a peek in her studio…till then I’ll just have to wait and try to keep up on her over the web.