Kathie Halfin is a textile, performance and an installation artist. Halfin’s artwork incorporates family history, cross-cultural mythologies and rituals, language patterns and handwoven coded messages. Halfin showed her work and performed at the the solo and group exhibitions at the Ely Center Of Contemporary Art, Bronx Museum AIM Biennial, the A.I.R. Gallery, Itinerant Performance Festival in Smack Mellon, Knockdown Center: Sunday Series, Art In Odd Places Performance Festival, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and the Immigrant Artist Biennial among others.
Kathie Halfin is a textile, performance and installation artist. In her work, Halfin explores textile's ability to uphold information and act as a carrier of history, language and resistance. Halfin’s textiles contain coded messages based on English, Russian and Hebrew versions of the Morse Code. Creation of the coded, handmade fabrics is a slow meditative act of transformation and empowerment. Her woven artworks draw attention to sensorial, ritualistic and temporal aspects of the coded message and create space for more holistic and slow way to define and judge words.
The story that Halfin tells by the means of the Morse Code is inspired by her family history, as her grandfather was a pilot communicating by the means of Morse Code signals in the Soviet Army during the WWII. At the same time, Halfin’s sculptural weavings serve as spiritual reminders of collective power and personal agency. Kathie seeks to present language as a poem, pattern and movement that initiates an open ended space to empower and liberate.