The artists’ book, Like Bees Consumed as Burning Thorns, is a personal narrative of faith and courage. Kathy T. Hettinga states: “In the book modern day enemies-such as cancer and others unnamed-swarm like bees, yet are consumed as burning thorns. The book contains digital images of my own cancer cells, and vector illustrated bees. … The book begins at the beehive in Christ in the Desert (NM) with Sister Benedicta using her scapular to chase bees from my hair”
Kathy T. Hettinga, Distinguished Professor of Art and Design, Messiah College, PA, is an active artist in design, artist’s books, and digital prints. She has received national recognition including a Research Fellowship at Yale where she studied with Johanna Drucker and an Artist’s Book Residency, Women’s Studio Workshop.
Her large-scale digital series have been exhibited across the country and in Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Her artists’ books have appeared at Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts, Corcoran Museum; Action/Interaction at the Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, and the Dadian Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Her work is in the permanent collections of UCLA’s Grunewald Center, university collections of Iowa, Berkeley, Virginia Commonwealth, Yale; The Library of Congress; MoBIA, NYC; The Fogg Museum of Harvard; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Her art and essays have been published in SIGGRAPH, Graphic Design: USA, American Photography 25, and Latin American Fotografia. In the past decade, Hettinga has worked in artists’ books, design projects for activist causes, and deluxe editions, such as her Grave Images: San Luis Valley (Museum of New Mexico Press).