Project Wall East: Kayte Terry
August 28, 2021—July 30, 2022
The ZMA is pleased to present a newly commissioned work by Philadelphia artist Kayte
Terry’s work examines the literal and figurative boundaries of the body. Through photography,
video, collage, installation and object-making, she unravels issues of illness, family,
memory, longing and loss. The patchwork of materials she uses form a personal language
that speaks to the fuzzy intersection of personal desires and cultural expectations
as seen in the work on display. As a queer woman living with a cluster of auto-immune
diseases, she is interested in making the invisible illness visible, as well as finding
beauty in pain and restriction. Most recently, she explores inter-dependency and
love, particularly through d/s, communal and ethically non-monogamous relationships.
Terry often pieces together materials that are imprinted with the shape of the body
such as socks, gloves, and her own skin with materials like shower curtains, balloons
and fashion magazines. The patchwork of these materials form a personal language that
speaks to the obscured intersection of her own personal desires and feminine cultural
Kayte Terry studied Art History and Women’s Studies at Simon’s Rock College of Bard and received
her MFA in Studio Art at University of the Arts. She has also studied abroad with
the School for International Training in Fortaleza, Brazil and at the Santa Reparata
International School of Art in Florence, Italy. Kayte has been in group shows in New
York, NY; Philadelphia, PA and Seattle, WA, including the show Adorned: Beauty in
Excess at Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AK.
Most recently, Kayte has been a visiting artist in grad programs at Mass Arts in Boston,
MA and University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Kayte is also a member of the art
collective Little Berlin in Philadelphia, where she has curated several shows.