Born in Knoxville Tennessee, Kathryn Clark spent her formative years in North Florida, Georgia and Alabama before moving to San Francisco in her twenties. Spanning these diverse regions made her sensitive to the cultural differences and divisions between these cultures. A passion for the social benefits of urban planning and a fascination with maps led her to work for Peter Calthorpe, a visionary in the field of urban planning. While there, she learned the craft of presenting hard data to clients using approachable maps and models. She left the planning field in 2004 and shifted her passion of sociology and geography into her artwork.
Working with multiple mediums, Kathryn uses craft to appeal to a broader audience, presenting economic and societal data in an aesthetically appealing way. These tricks of deception offer a different perspective that one might have otherwise shut their eyes to. Her work investigates societal and economic ideologies and confronts defenses of what a culture ‘knows’ but also how history twists and distorts these facts. Her art is widely exhibited across the U.S. and has been featured in several publications including The Craft Companion, 2016, Quilts and Human Rights, 2016 and Craft for the Modern World: The Renwick Gallery Collection, 2015 as well as American Craft Magazine, Planning Magazine, Uppercase and New American Paintings. Her work is in permanent collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.