Soft Propaganda

An Exhibition by Kathie Aspaas

Opening Reception Friday, June 7th, 5-9pm

The Western New York Book Arts Center presents an exhibition by WNY artist Kathie Aspaas, on view June 7 – July 3, 2019. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Soft Propaganda is the antithesis of propaganda. With this body of work, Aspaas introduces alternative printmaking practices derived from experimenting with nature and collage.  Soft Propaganda links the art of printmaking with organic matter, rendering a byproduct of natural phenomenon using handmade paper and cotton fabrics alongside natural materials such as wasps nests and leaves.

Using an etching press to marry inks and natural dyes extracted from plants, Aspaas showcases this indigenous methodology and pathway for change towards a more humanitarian environmental practice.

“Harvesting the wonder of nature’s rhythm in syncopation with fragmented collage and print has been a theme throughout my career,” Aspaas says.

Currently the owner of Aspen House Press in Williamsville, NY, Aspaas is an alternative printmaker working with organic matter fused with print mediums and print collage. Originally from Houston, Texas, Aspaas has taught studio art, printmaking and art history courses at Buffalo State College, D’youville College and SUNY Erie.

Aspaas will also host an artist talk and drop in workshop on Saturday, June 15th.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation Baird Foundation
Cameron Jane Wendt Foundation StoryGrowing