Kathryn-kay Johnson (b. St. Andrew, Jamaica) is an emerging 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 received her MFA from Yale University in 2022 where she won the Shickle-Collingwood Prize and the Phelps Berdan Award. She was a 2022 Beinecke Rare Book Library Research Fellow where she researched West African and African-Diasporic design philosophies. She received her BA in Studio Art, Digital Media from Florida State University in 2016.

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Studios at Mass Moca Residency: https://www.assetsforartists.org/blog/2023/fellowship-awardees-summer-fall-2023 Booklyn, After Sass: https://booklyn.org/introducing-after-sass
Bambou*a Fight/Flight: https://vimeo.com/740581576

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