Kathryn-kay Johnson (b. St. Andrew, Jamaica) is a Brooklyn-based artist working in digital media, painting, and installation, making works that evoke experiences of collective effervescence and ancestral memory. Dance, and the movement of the body are central to her mark-making. Her practice is influenced by histories and mythologies remembered orally, spiritually, and rhythmically, while considering issues around class and autonomy, neocolonialism, and contemporary media practices.
She is curious about the world-building capabilities of everyday materials. And her visual language is rooted in the intergenerational ingenuity of the self-built. It is an ongoing “present continuous” practice of learning, making, building, and expanding.
Kathryn-kay Johnson was recently commissioned to create a large-scale installation for Marquand Chapel at Yale, installed until January 2023. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 2022 where she was a 2022 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Research Fellow and a recipient of the Shickle-Collingwood Prize and the Phelps Berdan Award. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Digital Media from Florida State University in 2016.
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AFTER SASS: Reimagining Identity & Representation Within Zine Culture;
Brought it Home: A Continuum;
Open Studios 2022, Yale School of Art