Kate Frazer Rego is an artist and educator living in the South Coast of Massachusetts. She attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Art, where she earned a BFA in Sculpture. She went on to earn her MFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Art. Kate has shown her work nationally and is currently in several private collections. She participated and performed in Art in Odd Places: BODY, an international performance art festival in NYC 2018. And was included in the Cambridge Art Association’s 2019 Emerging Artist Exhibition.
Kate has been an art educator in public charter schools and art organizations across the Southcoast for the past ten years. Her pedagogy focuses on process, building strong studio habits within her scholars, and art history through a lens of inclusion and social justice. When she’s not teaching middle school, she’s holed up in her studio with a cup of coffee.
"What physical transactions are exchanged when bodies collide? What psychic transactions? What journeys do we take to the deepest places within ourselves? Did Thomas not finger the open void to better understand their own reality? What landscapes were experienced running their fingers across ribs and sinew warm with breath? The physicality of that truth transaction, that intimate exploration of being.
We live now in an age of screens, deep likes, DMs, soft ghosting, where we swipe and scroll our way through this digital void, this landscape of 1’s and 0’s. The constant noise of connection, expectation, promises, half truths, secrets shared. The screen is a conduit traveling deep into that void, down further and deeper into the valleys of you. Is this screen a mirror to this vulnerable space? Who inhabits that land? What cosmic laws govern that most intimate of realms? The works are artifacts pulled from this void, a documentation of the journey and knowing of our own realities, finding the voids within."
Tell us a little about yourself and your background in the arts.
I'm New England born and raised, my family is originally from South Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts. I attended the CVPA at the University of Massachusetts ,Dartmouth, earning my BFA. After graduating I went on to earn my Master of arts from Boston University. I have been an art educator for the past ten years and have worked in both public charter school and non-profit organizations. When I'm not teaching or working in the studio I'm spending time with my family.
What kind of work are you currently making?
My most recent work involves documenting my exploration of the inner space called the Void using a variety of media including painting, sculpture, animation and installation.
What is a day like in the studio for you?
As a teaching artist and a mom, my studio practice has really streamlined over the years. Time has become extremely valuable to me in the studio and has forced me to become really clear on and ok with the decisions I'm while I'm working in there.
What are you looking at right now and/or reading?
At the moment I'm reading a few books at once including, Liber Null and the Psychonaut as well as a few collected works of Mary Olivers and Olivia Gatwood.
Where can we find more of your work?