I have a deep sense of wonder about the natural world. Whether painting outdoors or gathering objects as I walk, I retain a child’s wonder and connection to nature. Art is the vehicle for my experience of the sacred in the ordinary. As an artist, I try to be, in Mary Oliver’s words, “a bride married to amazement.”
I work in a variety of mediums, including printmaking, mixed media, collage and installation. Many of my pieces are influenced by poetry.
I am keenly aware that we and other species are bound together in the great web of life; my concern for humankind’s degradation of the environment is expressed in such works as “Explosion of Amphibian Deformities”, “Silent Spring”, “Earth Envelopes,” and more recently the Moonbird Series based on the relationship between the redknot and the horseshoe crab.
Kate Cheney Chappell is a painter and printmaker who sometimes uses printmaking and collage in 3-D installations and book arts. A 1983 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, she founded the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts there in 2006. Past trustee of the Maine Community Foundation, she currently serves on the Board of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
In recent years Kate’s work reflects her lifelong interest in ecology and her deep concern for the natural world. Her exhibit, “InterRelated: One Artist’s Response to Rachel Carson,” marking the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring, opened in Pittsburgh at Chatham University in 2012. Kate’s work has also been shown at the New Britain Museum of American Art (solo exhibit, 2008, “WomenArtists@NewBritainMuseum” 2011) and the Portland Museum of Art (2010). Her art is in the collections of the New York Public Library, the University of New England, Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. She was one of 51 women artists chosen for the “Maine Women Pioneers III” exhibit at the University of New England.
Kate and her husband, Tom, are co-founders of two environmentally sustainable companies, Tom’s of Maine and Ramblers Way Farm.