Borealis Dance strives to bridge the gap between art forms by collaborating with local artists to create deep, meaningful work that moves our audiences.
Kate Renee | Painter
Kate capture complexities of human nature through simplified lowbrow characters. Through anthropomorphic objects, food, animals, and figures, she invites her viewers into the piece through childlike sophistication. Sarcastic and conversational titles ask questions and make bold statements that illuminate the narratives and personalities to her flat, texture-less characters. Her work is edgy with a cute veneer; the paintings teeter towards uncomfortable content with a pop surrealist visage. With a distinctive bright color palate, stylistic lines, and the big eyes and blank stares of my characters, she investigates color theory, character development, gender representation and symbolism. Kate create relationships, dialogue, and playful complements and contrasts, and add touches of humor in her art.
Dr. Barbara Bridges
Barbara Bridges makes art from artist fabricated components in a variety of media and rescued power objects. She organizes the objects to create meaning and provoke discussions and reflection on a wide variety of social topics. She is a sculptor whose work is based in a variety of influences that are rooted in modern society, personal history and symbolic representation.
Dr. Barbara Bridges, the professor, teaches at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her appointment includes teaching Foundations of Education and Human Relations and Critical and Creative Thinking. Dr. Bridges served as Coordinator for ArtsNet Minnesota for six years where she coordinated the development of, and wrote curriculum for, this interdisciplinary website as the Walker Art Center, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, teachers and students from around the state of Minnesota contributed their knowledge and expertise.