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Katherine Dunn works as both painter/writer but also as photographer/puppet maker and farmer from her rural Apifera Farm. She considers Apifera a "collision of art, farm and animals" and it shows in all her work. Apifera was located originally in Oregon but in May, 2016 Katherine and her husband relocated Apifera across the country to mid coast Maine where they bought a 1760 house. They took The Misfits, donkeys and horse, of course! It was a five day journey and each night they slept in barns on the way,

While she paints and illustrates for a living, she also creates raggedy sewn messes, aprons and folk dolls, as well as felted animal creatures which she creates stories with. She considers these creatures 'healing' in both the messages they bring, but also in the soothing process of felting and sewing.

She works with acrylics and mixed media on wood, but…

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  • Joined January 16, 2007

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About

Katherine Dunn works as both painter/writer but also as photographer/puppet maker and farmer from her rural Apifera Farm. She considers Apifera a "collision of art, farm and animals" and it shows in all her work. Apifera was located originally in Oregon but in May, 2016 Katherine and her husband relocated Apifera across the country to mid coast Maine where they bought a 1760 house. They took The Misfits, donkeys and horse, of course! It was a five day journey and each night they slept in barns on the way,

While she paints and illustrates for a living, she also creates raggedy sewn messes, aprons and folk dolls, as well as felted animal creatures which she creates stories with. She considers these creatures 'healing' in both the messages they bring, but also in the soothing process of felting and sewing.

She works with acrylics and mixed media on wood, but also uses canvas and paper. Her illustrative primitive folk style weaves together layers of color and textures, along with collaged bits of color whose shapes refer to an inner set of symbols. Her muses remain steadfast - the animals, barns and weeds that surround her on the farm. "I think my work is really about trying to feel comfortable in the chaos of the world that sits just outside this farm. There's a lot of boundary symbolism in my work."

She has written and illustrated three books and is working on new books too. Her illustration and paintings can be seen at www.katherinedunn.us and on Sundanace, and you can read about her life as artist, writer and farmer at www.apiferafarm.blogspot.com. She has also written for Huffington Post, Modern Farmer, Wild Hope, Somerset Life and more.

Every year in Oregon, she and her farm hosted "Pino Pie Day", with their donkey Pino, and art are sold to raise money for needy and senior creatures on her farm- inlcuding the many misfits they have adopted - a crippled goat, many old/challenged goats, an old donkey who had been neglected, a pig given up by an elderly woman, many cats, an old goose and more. She hopes to reinvent the event once settled in Maine.

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