Kate Stirr is a multimedia artist living and working in Oakland, California. She has traveled by canoe and kayak through the tundra of northern Canada and the oceans of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, observing lichen, clouds, tidal creatures, and fungi. Her art practice is rooted in scientific inquiry, engaging in research, discussion, and experimentation. Geophysical patterns and strange biology lay the groundwork for her drawings, sculpture, video, and interventions with people and place. Culling particular inspiration from the ocean and the human body as both ubiquitous and otherworldly, she looks for connections between humans and the world they inhabit—proposing that reality can be as fantastical as our most bizarre imaginings.
Kate holds an MFA from Mills College, where she was the recipient of the Jay DeFeo award. She received a BA in Art and Spanish from Lewis & Clark College and a post baccalaureate certificate in Sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute. Kate has exhibited at the Blackfish Gallery, Hoffman Gallery, and Catlin Gable School in Portland, Oregon, and has shown work throughout the Bay Area, with recent exhibitions at the Marin MOCA and at Root Division. Her work as an artist and curator has been reviewed in the East Bay Express, SF Weekly, SFgate.com, and Art Practical.