Kaycee Anseth's vibrant use of colors creates striking images of animals, outdoor Oregon scenes, and people. She used to work mainly as an oil painter, but now she creates mixed-media collages.
"I mainly use old magazine pieces," she says.
Anseth's collages will be featured during the month of December at the Workhouse, which celebrates local artwork during the last Saturday of every month. Her work will be on display beginning on November 28—Small Business Saturday.
One of Anseth's pieces—a 48-inch-by-48-inch collage of a buck—was featured on the cover of the Nov. 12 issue of the Source. She begins by sketching a drawing of the idea for a new collage. She then flips through old fashion and home decor magazines to piece together colors, which create her collage.
"I compose a piece with a double-sided heat-activated glue and iron on every single piece of paper," she says.
Kaycee Anseth landed in Bend 12 years ago on an adventure with her ultimate stop being Portland. But after stopping in Bend, the native Tennessean never left. A similar adventure led her dive into the world of being a collagist.
"Two of my friends were moving away, and at the time, I was an oil painter and didn't have enough time for the paint to dry," Anseth says. She constructed small collages, but the more she worked on them, the more she wanted to continue to experiment with their design. "I wasn't satisfied, and I went from there."
Anseth is currently finishing a few collages and is aiming to have 12 pieces featured and for sale at the Workhouse.
"I'm always honored to participate in whatever the Workhouse folks are doing," she says. "They're always curating really interesting work that people around Bend are doing that has a lot of heart to it."
Small Business Saturday
December Featured Artist: Kaycee Anseth
Saturday, Nov. 28, 9 am-10 pm
The Workhouse, 50 SE Scott St.