Polk grew up in the South during the 1950s and 60s when expectations for women to achieve a position other than domestic caregiver was highly unusual, and often frowned upon. This had a lasting effect on Polk and her lithographs are narratives that emerged from memories of this era. Each piece contains dozens of her unique symbols, for example: flames, needle and thread, logs, prickly pear pads, helicopter seeds, tattoos and spilled milk. Polk has created a visual language for the Southern female experience and one that reminds us of how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.
Kathryn Polk: Narrative Lithographs is presented in conjunction with PrintAustin, a city-wide event showcasing traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking.