Thursday, January 19, 2012

Show Us What You Got, Catherine Kirkpatrick

Like most New Yorkers, Catherine Kirkpatrick has a string of hyphenates attached to her name; along with celebrated photographer, the Kenyon College alum can tack contributing editor, graphic artist, and published author on to her list of accomplishments.

As a long time fan of Vintage Thrift, it only seems appropriate that "vintage lover-and-seasoned thrifter" should be added on as well. One look at her work and it's easy to see a deep sense of nostalgia a feeling that draws in so many thrifters running through it.

Whether she's capturing the remains of an old manse or the complex gaze of a woman, Kirkpatrick's interest lies in the history of a place, the story behind a stare; the is now versus the was of yesteryear. In her still lifes, she explores the separation of form from function as immutable glass bends and curves nearly beyond recognition.


Kirkpatrick divulges that she regularly shops the Vintage Thrift shelves for inspiration. Among her favorite objets d'art, she counts antique photographs, glass objects, and vintage dolls.

Many a creepy doll (found at Vintage Thrift, of course) made their art world debut in Kirkpatrick's Happily Ever After, which was exhibited at the Artspace Mackay gallery in Australia last year. Prior to that, Picture in a Box (featuring a vintage wedding photo from yours truly), was shown at the Calumet Photographic Gallery in the Flatiron District.

Keep up with the latest and greatest from Catherine Kirkpatrick here. She can be reached at

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All images via the artist.

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