About the Artist
Kathryne Husk is an award-winning and nationally exhibited fine art conceptual figurative photographer and queer disability activist whose work focuses on using femme and non-binary bodies to initiate a dialogue about issues facing the disabled. They were the recent subject of the short documentary Kathryne: Uncensored, and their artwork has been published in various literary journals and art magazines. Kathryne’s activist work has led to numerous lectures and presentations on disability rights and issues facing the disability community. Their current focus is on breaking down the barriers of how disabled bodies are viewed in contemporary art and in society, and bringing awareness to the lack of accessibility within the Kansas City arts scene. You can follow them on Instagram: @kathrynehusk.
In my current work, I intend to initiate a dialogue about issues facing the disability community through the use of mythological and contemporary symbolism and femme and non-binary bodies. By incorporating symbolic representations of the disability experience in my figures, my art serves as a form of activism by functioning as a voice for myself and others within the disabled community.
Inspired by disabled revolutionaries, iconography, contemporary symbolists, and color psychology, my photography explores cultural ideas of disabled nudity, while subverting societal expectations of how disability is expected to visually present. Each figure is empowered in their nudity, while the symbolic composition completes the disability-centric narrative of the figure.
My intention for my art is to break down the barriers of how disabled bodies and disabled persons are viewed in contemporary art and in society.