ACTIVATE: Market Street Featured Artist: Kayt Hester

Kayt Hester creates intricate images with shreds of hand torn black masking tape.

She attended The Fashion Institute of Technology and then became a still-life photographer for publications such as like Scholastic Magazine and J. Crew. She left her photography career shortly after 9/11, using leftover darkroom tape as a creative outlet to weave her intrepretation of people and events on canvas in an unconventional medium.

Kayt’s masking tape art was discovered by a Jersey City gallery owner when she brought her portfolio to a meeting. Tucked in the bag were two small pieces of tape art that had been placed there weeks prior for safekeeping. The curator enthusiastically encouraged Kayt to do more of masking tape art and to bring the pieces in for consideration.

She has since gone on to be featured in both Nylon and Bust Magazine and be awarded solo art shows throughout Jersey City and New York City. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey with her boyfriend Alex and 2 cats, Pixie and Harry.

The
People.
 The
Lenni‐Lenape.

The
 Delaware 
Indians
are 
often 
called 
the
 Lenni‐Lenape 
Indians. 
“Leni‐Lenape”
 means
 “real 
people”.
 
 The
 Lenape
 are
 Native
 American
 peoples
 now
 living
 in
 Canada
 and
 the
 United
 States.
 They
 are
 also
 called
 Delaware
 Indians,
 or
 the
 Delaware
 Nation
 after
 their
 historic
 territory
 along
 the
 frequently
 mountainous
 landscapes
 flanking
 the
 Delaware 
River
 watershed.
 Initially 
the
 Lenni 
Lenape
 of 
Pennsylvania 
had 
equitable
 dealings 
with 
William
 Penn. 
After 
Penn’s 
death,
 his
 sons
 concocted 
a
 plan 
to 
swindle 
the

 Lenape
 out
 of
 land
 which 
is
 now 
known 
as 
the 
infamous
 Walking
 Purchase.

Times
 only 
got
 progressively 
worse 
for 
the 
Lenape. 

In 
the 
1730s 
an

 English 
bounty
 of 30—50
 British 
lbs.
 was
 offered 
for
 any
 Lenape, 
dead 
or
 alive.
 The 
final
 blow 
came
 during 
a
 Conference 
in
 1758 
in
 Easton, 
Pennsylvania 
when
 the
 Lenape 
(Delaware)
 were
 forced
 from
 their
 Pennsylvania
 and 
New 
Jersey

 ancestral
 homelands.
 Eventually
 the
 Lenape
 were
 forced
 to
 settle
 in
 Oklahoma
 and
 Canada.

Today
 their
 decedents 
live 
throughout 
the 
world. 

In the
 United
 States 
the 
Lenape
 (Delaware)
 do not
 live
 on
 reservations 
or
 on
 Indian
 Territory.


 The
 only 
two
 surviving 
Lenape 
tribes 
in 
the
 United
States
 officially recognized
 
by
 the
 Bureau
 of
 Indian
 Affairs
 in
 Washington,
 D.C.
 are
 the
 Delaware
 Tribe
 of
 Indians
 (Bartlesville, 
Oklahoma)
 and
 Delaware
 Nation
 (Anadarko,
 Oklahoma).

Taken 
from 
The
 Museum 
of 
Indian 
culture,

 http://www.lenape.org.

For more information visit http://www.kaythester.com/

To view Kayt’s work along with many other fascinating artist’s pieces live, stop by 75 Market Street, 77 Market Street, 85 Market Street and 93 Market Street in Newark New Jersey.

The new rotation will begin October 10th 2013 at dusk. Come by and experience the night life.

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