BIOGRAPHY: CASSIA KITE, AMERICAN B.1979
Cassia Kite is an interdisciplinary artist who created Soundstitching, a multimedia project that transforms color from a hand-stitched image into a musical composition that can be interpreted by a musician and/or performance artist. Kite has collaboratively produced large-scale work for chamber ensemble and dancers using color-coded graphic scores derived from her hand-stitched tapestries. Kite’s work was premiered at the KANEKO in Omaha, Nebraska in July of 2017. She has been featured as an experimental composer and visual artist in music festivals, museums and universities. Kite has been awarded artist in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2018 and The Hambidge Creative Residency Program in 2019. She is the recipient of the Paul J. Smith Excellence in Fibers Award from the Fiber Art Network 2018.
Kite was born in Auburn, Nebraska. She earned a B.F.A in painting and sculpture, and a B.S. in Art Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 2003. She completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida in 2010. Currently, Kite is a Visual Art Instructor in the fine arts program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and resides in Sarasota, FL.
Kite is represented by Anderson O'Brien Fine Art in Omaha, Nebraska and State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota, FL.
I was born and raised as a Midwest farm girl, daughter to a Nebraska farmer and an elementary school teacher. My childhood experiences of living on the farm and being raised in a farming community still influence and inform the work I am creating today . I communicate the nostalgia, appreciation, love and admiration that I have for my farm life upbringing through my work, whether it be imagery of farmscapes, portraits of family members, abstract constructions of memories involving symbolism or music compositions derived from my hand stitches. Everything I create has historical significance to my personal narrative.