West artist picked for UN building

WESTCOUNTRY artist Katheryn Trenshaw is cementing her reputation as a leading international talent after being chosen to show her work at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Katheryn, an American who now lives in Totnes, has been selected to show her work as part of the Progress of the World’s Women exhibition this month.

The show coincides with the UN General Assembly’s special session to review progress in implementing recommendations of the World Conference on Women in Beijing five years ago. Included in the display are raku-fired ceramic masks which form a part of the artist’s Breaking the Silence Exhibition which seeks to raise awareness about child sex abuse.

The exhibition, which also includes paintings, has toured in Europe and the USA for 10 years. Katheryn is now writing a book about the project. She has been living and working in Totnes since the mid-1990s and works with vivid wet-washed watercolours as well as ceramics.

More than 70 artists from 50 countries are on display at the international exhibition, including Annie Leibovitz and Joyce Scott from the USA.

Exhibition curator, Anne Zill, said: “We wanted examples of great women’s art, very high quality, with a relevant message.”

Elizabeth Colton, of San Francisco’s International Museum of Women, which helped organize the exhibition, said: “The art is meant to complement the real world challenges women face and at the same time propel us beyond them.

“There is evidence here of a new conception of leadership designed by women around the planet.” Katheryn said: “I fee incredibly honoured to be asked to exhibit at New York. “I think progress on women’s rights since the Beijing Conference has been very slow but I am quietly optimistic. It’s a powerful investment for future generations for social change. This exhibition is a good mark of progress.”

Katheryn also runs workshops based around her art emphasising the positive aspects of women’s life and culture.

UN Exhibition web site

Future events include a week-long workshop Affirming the Female Body at Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset; a lecture and workshop at Glastonbury on August 4 and an exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University in London from September 4 – September 22. Full details are available by calling 01803 863552 or here