Kendra Binney was raised in a small mountain town with no shoe stores. Most of her time was spent barefoot treading through the miniscule world of spiders, snakes and all things hiding in the grass. She transfers this closeness with the small and obscure into her paintings. Through scenes of dripping landscapes and insecure, vulnerable characters, she illustrates a world draped in memories, remorse, and fragile realities. Seen through pastel washes and shiny candy coatings of resins, her works evoke both nostalgia and contempt. They are at once gentle and cruel, sweet and unsettling.
“I’m often struck by the importance of small insignificant things , the perpetuity of their impermanence, and my inability to hold onto any of it. The world can be completely absurd, despairing, and fiercely cruel. I find it completely endearing regardless. “
Though her paintings have been sold and exhibited around the world, Kendra herself spends most of her days all alone in a small studio in Portland, Oregon. There she paints, daydreams, and paints some more.