Exhibition Description


Kate Silvio
you can never go home again
October 20 – November 24, 2018

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Simone DeSousa Gallery is pleased to present you can never go home again, a solo exhibition of all new works by Kate Silvio.

Through the lens of a woman on the cusp of what society defines as “middle age,” Silvio presents a body of work that explores past projections of one’s future self, self-acceptance, and the experience of motherhood, in a context felt as both ripe with new life and haunted by thoughts of squandered self potential.

“Was it fear? Was it lack of preparation? Was it a kind of willful blindness to self-knowledge? The reasons for long-ago choices—the safe route, the path of least resistance, the easy answer—are unknowable now. But if the girl had only given herself a chance to fail, what kind of woman might she have become? Inside, strange and normal live together, co-existing opposites inside one body. Hard and fast, slow and loose, happy and pissed, desperate and precious, fulfilled and empty, exotic and banal…it’s all of these feelings all at once—they’re all in there. How did I get here? Was it an action or a reaction? The realization is that you may not be able to recall the exact moment when you made these decisions, but it must be you who made them.”

Kate Silvio is a Detroit educated and trained sculptor, who came up as a young artist in the city during a time when past generations of artists and collectors created an open community for young artists to flourish.  Their acceptance and encouragement in those early years have left an indelible mark that still influences her today.  She is currently living and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband and two daughters. She is an alumna of the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, and holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Silvio has shown extensively in the Midwest, and her work is part of several private and corporate collections.

For the past several years, her work has greatly focused on the fabrication of sculptural steel sculpture that have evolved to include rubber, felt, bronze castings and wood due to an inherent need for the expansion of visual language and the physical limitation of pregnancy. The overarching scope of her work reflects on the female experience and the reflection on the evolution of a life under the shadow of anxiety.