.Kat Look – Maker Kat Warren

By Jane Vick

Happy Wednesday all! How has everyone been? I have spent this week writing about stars and poppy fields, reading poetry, and sitting in traffic on the Bay Bridge. I’ve seen light sparking on teal water and considered weightlessness. I’ve had several interesting dreams, none of which I can remember, and my Chinese Money Plant is in exceptionally good health.

To this week’s ‘Look’!

Artist Kat Warren is a glimmering star in the Sonoma County sky—I’m star-minded at the moment, it seems—and this week I was able to take a peek inside the mind that produces such unique and eye-catching creations as pictured above. Warren makes everything, from clothes to pieces of writing to paintings. Their work, by coincidence much like my introduction, is rooted in dreamscape.

“I learn from plants and I learn from stars. I’m constantly striving to find ways to relay the expansiveness of different realms and aliveness of the world around us,” said Warren.

Along with loving plants, the stars and the alchemical qualities of art, Warren’s favorite foods are peaches and apricots. If they could be an animal, they’d be a pigeon, specifically because of their ability to tap into the magnetic field due to iron crystals in their beaks and their sense of community and relationships with humans. Tesla’s beloved white pigeon comes to mind. Warren’s love affair with Sonoma County is ongoing, but the wildflowers in spring have them deeply enamored. When I asked them what they thought the county needed, they answered with a Howard Zinn quote: 

“What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Find Kat Warren in a Bodega Bay flower field, or on Instagram:  @tell_your_angel_mine_says_hi.

See you next week!

Love,

Jane

Jane Vick is an artist and writer based in Oakland. She splits her time between Europe, New York and New Mexico. View her work and contact her at janevick.com.
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