Kathy Kissik is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University where she was a fifth year Traveling Scholar recipient. She received two Pollock-Krasner grants and has exhibited in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her artwork is widely collected in both private and public collections. Trained primarily in photography and welding, her mixed media paintings are often architectural. "I seek out materials that lend themselves visually and conceptually to the subject I am dealing with," she says. Metals have an unspoken vocabulary in her work that subtly transmit information to the viewer. For instance, copper, by nature, conducts energy and Kissik uses it symbolically. The toxic dullness of lead, on the other hand, is used as a counterpoint to copper. Her purpose is to evoke how a place feels—the interpretation of time, space, and other subtle nuances. Her factory series is strongly influenced by the history of Bauhaus construction, and she uses discarded cardboard, used fuses, and reclaimed wire in her work.