Kathryn Combs’ works explores the relationship of individual history and common experience. Her artworks combine technology with traditional print media, in the form of digitally rendered images put to a plate and combined with any combination of lithography, screen printing, etching, drawing, collage, and painting. These pieces are found through intense study of the subject of each print with imagery being collected from found photos, local archives, and inspired by firsthand accounts.
In her works, individual stories are represented in scenes of the familiar; stills of rural America, small towns and suburbs, family photos, classic pieces of artwork. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, she reflects on the closely related subjects of archive and memory and how public and private experiences both overlap and contrast.
Kathryn Combs is currently lives and works in Bloomington, IN. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Indiana University Southeast in 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Art from Indiana University and will graduate in May 2021.