Chatham University

Chatham University presents
Kate Cheney Chappell

Silent Spring II. Collagraph

One artist’s response to Rachel Carson

September 27 through November 15, 2012

Breakfast with Champions: Socially Responsible Serial Entrepreneurs Kate & Tom Chappell Breakfast on Entrepreneurship

Friday, November 16 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Mellon Board Room, Shadyside Campus

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Eagle's Nest Installation

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All the life of the planet is interrelated…
–Rachel Carson

Artist Statement

"All the life of the planet is interrelated…each species has its own ties to others, and all are related to the earth." These words of Rachel Carson appear in bronze on a boulder that I pass as I walk in the National Wildlife Refuge named for her near my home in Kennebunk, Maine. I go there often to reflect and renew my body and soul. Rachel Carson’s example has been a guiding light in my life. My husband and I relocated to Maine the decade Silent Spring came out, to move ‘back to the land‘ with our young family. The values of community, interrelatedness and caring for the environment informed the free school we helped start and the founding of our natural products company, Tom’s of Maine. Today my work reflects Rachel Carson’s understanding that we are all part of the web of life. Today, her urgent warnings about DDT and the depredations of humankind on fragile ecosystems are still timely. What we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. The mixed media, installations and printmaking I do contain imagery at times abstract, yet always sourced in nature. I am a lover of life, a "bride married to amazement," in Mary Oliver’s words. I hope that people will see my work as a springboard to their engagement with and defense of the natural world.
–Kate Cheney Chappell

"Octopus Book" artist’s book © 2011 "Go Inside the Stone II" mixed media installation  © 2012

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Kate Cheney Chappell

Kate in her studio,
holding the "Octopus Book,"
a collaboration with Damtu,
an artist member of
"Women Networking,"
Zanzibar (east Africa).

Kate Cheney Chappell

Kate Cheney Chappell attended Chatham College and studied painting, etching and literature at the Sorbonne and L’Atelier Goetz in Paris. She is a 1983 graduate of the University of Southern Maine. A landscape painter for over 30 years, her more recent work combines printmaking techniques, collage and installation and reflects her deep concern for the natural world. Kate was given a one-person show in 2008 at the New Britain Museum of American Art (CT) and participated in the exhibit Collage; Piecing It Together, at the Portland Museum of Art in 2010. Her work 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. Her solo exhibit, "One Artist Responds to Rachel Carson" marking the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring, opens in Pittsburgh at Chatham University on September 27, 2012 and will run through November 15, 2012. A member of Peregrine Press and Women Artists of Monhegan Island, Kate is represented by Mast Cove Gallery in Kennebunkport and Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island, Maine.