Mother Mothra, 2021
Kate Hessin (b.1990) is an emerging multimedia artist. Kate’s work moves fluidly from papercrete sculptures to works on paper in both ink and watercolour. Kate is from Port Hope, Ontario.
The theme of this series is transformation. The material that makes up the papercrete is primarily recycled paper, which is literally being changed and transformed into a new object. The moth imagery is inherently linked to metamorphosis and personal growth. The idea behind the pieces was to express a tension between beautiful and repulsive or joy and fear. There is a strange yet whimsical quality to the sculptures. The colours bring you in but the eyes created an uneasy feeling. All of my work surrounds the themes of light and dark, and the idea that we cannot have one without the other. As we transform and grow, we are faced with challenges and pain on the path to discovering even greater joy. All of this is especially true in my experience of becoming a mother and all the light and darkness that came with that personal transformation