kathleen finlay

mixed media sculpture


My work both illustrates and is a methodology: my pieces often demonstrate how something is made by visibly maintaining the steps of the process of its creation. Often I build a piece for each step, showing increments of growth, slow accretions, and revealing the accumulation of parts, shapes, particles or objects. The piece is the event. Some of my pieces deal with mechanics such as leverage, tension or support systems and these events can be metaphors for environmental or psychological situations. My work explores the  essential impulse of how we make the world work for us.

I choose common materials such as plaster, sheetrock, cement, wool, found wood and other objects. There is a quality of utility as well as pleasure about them. I find satisfaction  in the unprescious qualities of these  materials and their contrasts: the softness of wool and the density of plaster.


Elements: Nave Gallery, Somerville MA. July, 2010

Stitching: an everyday gesture, multivenue installations in windows in Davis Sq., Somerville, MA, December  

     2009.Funded by the Somerville Arts Council and the Mass Cultural Council.

Sacramento St. Gallery, Cambridge, MA. “It’s in the Making”, September, 2009

Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA,  “early mechanics”, June 2009

Bristol Community College, Memory of Water,  Fall River MA, 2006

Nave Gallery: PLAY, 2006

Framingham State College: MATERIAL(S), 2006

Tufts University: Annual Summer Exhibition, 2004

Fitchburg Art Museum: New Talent, 2002

Windows Art Project, Somerville, MA  2001 and 2004


Somerville Arts Council Artists Fellowship Grant, 2009,

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Support Grant, 2005

Artists Resource Trust, Artists Grant, 2004,

MCC Finalist Award 2001.

MFA Sculpture, Bard College, NY

Diploma/painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston