I make art because that is the only way life makes sense to
me. A recurrent theme in my work is the face: semi-abstract,
colorful and emotional. I don't choose to draw these faces,
their forms just come to me. They jump off the page and stare
at you. Dare to stare back. I'm a mixed media artist working
in collage, drawing, painting, mask making, doll making, and
wearable art. I am also a dancer, poet and videographer. I
have tried to choose between media. I cannot. I feel fully
engaged and alive when I'm creating. I'm a maker of images
more than a storyteller. My work is about being a woman and
an outsider; it is been described as both playful and haunting.
Donna Kuhn is a visual artist, poet, dancer/choreographer
and videographer. Her visual art includes drawing, painting,
maskmaking, dollmaking, wearable art, jewelry and collage.
She often works with copied and digitally altered images including
her own poetry. She also enjoys monoprinting and creating
artists books. Her work has been exhibited at the Mill Gallery
in Petaluma (as part of an "art therapy as art"
exhibit), at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (through
which she taught art to seniors), at Crafters by the Sea in
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, at the first Santa Cruz Mask Festival,
and as part of the Walnut Avenue Womens Center Annual Art
and Poetry Exhibit. Her illustrations have been published
in Porter Gulch Review and Women's Voices. Her
work is also transformed into greeting cards, magnets, and
painted rocks. Her poetry has been widely published in over
fifty journals and anthologies. Along with her husband, Rick
Kuhn, and their two children, she creates multimedia videos.
Their videos incorporate dance, monologue, poetry and collage/found
sound music. Their videos have been shown on public access
TV Channel 19 in Tennessee and their music has been heard
on radion station KKUP in Cupertino.