"Exploring this project at the James Castle House has provided a magnifying glass to the life and work of Castle himself, and the environment he witnessed," Masterson wrote in an email ahead of her Saturday, Dec. 1, exhibition at JCH, which will run from 1-3 p.m.
Masterson wrote that she has six new paintings in progress, with a total of eight she hopes to have completed by the end of her stay on Monday, Dec. 3. She will also show two framed graphite drawings, and two landscape paintings. In Castle's work, she saw a reflection of a bygone era of Boise history—one end of a tug-of-war between the past and present of the City of Trees.
- Kate Masterson
- "See This Man" by Kate Masterson
"I'm curious how fundamentalism, nationalism and conservatism [are] subtly perpetuated through innocuous family histories and explicitly reinforced through nostalgic exaltation. Do the stories we tell ourselves seduce complacency or challenge us to become more engaged citizens promoting social justice?" she wrote.
Masterson will be the last short-term artist-in-residence at JCH until the late summer of 2019: In January, Brooklyn, New York-based artist Rachel Rickert will move in, followed by Florida-based Cindy Steiler—both of whom will be long-term artists-in-residence.