Onward March


A Presentation of Mixed Media Sculpture by KAT COPE

Exhibit Dates; April 17 through May 25, 2017

Opening Reception Saturday, April 22, from 2-4 p.m.

Her project titled, “Onward March,” a sculptural installation, is a series of pieces of armor made from paper. Each suit of armor varies in construction, from plated paper doll dresses to cast paper breastplates, and screen-printed cut paper plate mail. Appropriating styles from historical armor of the past, each piece of armor is unique in its composition, including different fibers, found materials, and fragments. The armor will remain feminine in nature to contrast with that is commonly perceived as masculine, despite historical women warriors. A unifying theme throughout is that each piece of armor is made from paper.


Paper, like skin, is vulnerable to the materials and elements that assault it, and yet paper is an astonishingly resilient material. Sheets of paper can be made incredibly strong, but remain very thin and even translucent depending on the fiber. Like layers of skin, layers of fiber are resistant to tearing and puncture. While in most cases we as humans do not “develop a thicker skin,” both time and experience shape us and we learn when, and where, to protect ourselves from harm both emotional and physical. We are shaped by experience but also by larger social structures.


The army of figures represents the resilience of those who have persevered despite all odds, the actual and metaphorical women warriors of the past, present, and future. The absence of weapons emphasizes the nature of the armor as defensive, protective, vigilant and uniting. Extending beyond her own personal experience, memories and layers of history, the project is a physical manifestation of an on going battle, a steady, but constant sometimes slow onward march.


About the artist

Kat Cope received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2009 and has since had an active exhibition record in the North East. In June of 2014, Kat was awarded the Mary. E. Woolley Fellowship through her undergraduate Alma mater Mount Holyoke College to complete her project ” Onward March”.

Snap Shots of the Opening Reception April 22…