Kat Cope is an American Artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 2005 and an MFA from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2009. Cope plans to pursue a research based PhD in 2020.
In 2014 she was awarded the Mary E. Woolley Fellowship from Mount Holyoke College to complete her project entitled, Onward March.
Describing her process, Cope says, “ Paper, like skin, is vulnerable to the materials and elements that assault it, and yet paper is an astonishingly resilient material. Sheets of paper can be made incredibly strong, but remain very thin and even translucent depending on the fiber. Like layers of skin, layers of fiber are resistant to tearing and puncture. While in most cases we as humans do not “develop a thicker skin,” both time and experience shapes us and we learn when, and where, to protect ourselves from harm both emotional and physical. We are shaped by experience but also by larger social structures.”