Trans Human
K.A. Letts
 
Aprill 20 - May 14, 2017
Opening Reception: April 20, 6-9 pm
In the early 21st century we find ourselves at the threshold of profound changes in what it means to be human...We are in charge of our destiny and our planet to a degree that is unprecedented and ever-growing.
 
-K.A. Letts,  April, 2017
River House Arts is pleased to present Trans Human, a new collection of works by K.A. Letts.  The show opens with a public exhibition on Thursday, April 21 from 6 – 9 pm (during Art Loop) and runs through May 14th.
 
In her newest series, KA Letts speculates on the promising and terrifying future of our species.  Using paper, paint, and her limitless imagination, Letts re-works and reclaims myths of origin drawn from ancient cultures and cultural memory.   Among them we see fanciful tales from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, stories of treachery, sin and deceit from the Old Testament ; each expressed  in traditional methods and techniques including Aboriginal art, Persian miniatures, and medieval Sienese panel painting.       
 
K.A. Letts is a working artist and art blogger  ( rustbeltarts.com ) living in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  A graduate of Barnard College (BA History) and Yale Drama School (MFA Set and Costume Design), Letts brings an unusual skill set to her richly detailed and strongly narrative drawings and paintings.
 
My work looks both forward and back in time. I employ techniques and strategies from painting's history to describe the present Anthropocene age and to imagine the trans-human future, where all of nature is touched by humans and all humans are touched by technology.
 
 She has shown her work regionally and nationally and in 2015 won the Toledo Federation of Art Societies Purchase Award while participating in the Toledo Area Artist Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art.   In addition to her exhibition at River House Arts, she is preparing for a solo show at Firecat Projects in Chicago (Winter 2017).    

Good Dog, 4’2” x 3’2”,  tinted gesso on paper