Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild

Untitled Dark Trio (2018)

Kate Hunt (USA)

Untitled Dark Trio

​Materials: Newspaper, bailing twine, wax, forged steel armatures

Untitled Dark Trio was made with memories of the summer when I and a few friends lived on the other side of the Continental Divide in a tipi when we were 17. I think of the hot and dusty summer days we spent hearing an insect, smelling the Ponderosa Pin in the heavy air, with nothing to do for the afternoon.

Being raised in Montana I couldn't come here with grandiose ideas that would compete with the landscape. I was much more interested in showing the audience a way to take in the landscape through quiet contemplation. I wanted to add a more intimate and quiet sculpture, one of a different scale, to the park. 


Kate Hunt was raised in a town of 900 on the plains of Montana. It is "Big Sky" country. The subtle power of the landscape has influenced her work. Hunt’s work is object oriented. Her materials include steel, twine, boat building epoxy, encaustic, and newspaper. 

She first started working with newspaper at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her teacher, Joan Livingstone, had her make a "chinese finger trap", the kind found at carnivals that tighten as you try to pull your fingers out. From there she started building large weavings with newspaper. Her teacher, Dale Eldred, pushed her to think of her work as sculpture. 

Hunt graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute and Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has been awarded a Montana Arts Council Award and the Gottlieb Grant. She has shown nationally and internationally and her work is in many prominent collections. 


I have a personal conversation with the concept, materials and the world around me. It's a back and forth type exchange with me saying over and over, "what if......." 

If I was writer I could tell you about these conversations, but I am not, I am a visual artist. I can tell you that Opera and artists such as Chakaia Booker, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Mark di Suvero, Dale Eldred, and Ursula von Rydingsvard inspire me. 

Once my conversation is done and the piece is in the gallery and front of the audience, it becomes their conversation. 
-Kate Hunt