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.