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Sierra Arts exhibition inspired by mythical “selkies”

By Miriam Hodgman

Between Earth and WaterSierra Arts Foundation presents Kat Kiernan’s new exhibition of photographs, “Between Heaven and Earth.” This collection of mythical black and white photographs, inspired by stories of the selkies, will be at the Sierra Arts Gallery at 17 S. Virginia Street, in Reno, from January 13 to February 6. The free closing reception is sponsored by Wild River Grille on Thursday, February 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in conjunction with the First Thursday Art Walk.

Kat Kiernan has exhibited her photographic narratives throughout the United States, and her work has been featured in various publications including Fraction Magazine, Umter and F-Stop Magazine.

In 2012, Photoboite Agency named her one of 30 emerging women photographers under the age of 30 to watch.

This photographic exploration of the space that exists somewhere between earth and water, its inhabitants, and how they came to be there began with the myth of the selkies – seals that shed their skins to assume human form.

Incorporating the three planes of existence (earth, water and sky), the subjects in these images change form in each environment, becoming birds, fish and humans. Embarking on journeys and diving into the unknown, they do whatever it takes to attain their desire, often finding themselves in a place or a form somewhere in between.

Kat currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where she is the Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures, a print and online publication focused on emerging fine art photographers. She holds a BFA in photography from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She has reviewed portfolios for Photolucida’s Critical Mass, FotoWeek DC, and PhotoNOLA, and lectured on photography to various institutions.

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