"Visual Poets' Picnic," digital print on cotton poplin, 45 x 45 inches, 2000.
About K.S. Ernst
Ernst has been writing poetry and making art for over 40 years. While Ernst is
best known as one of the most important examples of late
twentieth-century/early twenty-first century female visual poets in America,
she is also known in the digital arts and fine arts communities. Ernst’s work
is applicable to the genres of sculpture, multimedia, and works on paper, artists’
books, painting, fiber arts, and new digital works. Her work has critical importance
to art historical discussions regarding late twentieth-century use of image and
text, or perhaps more succinctly the “text
as image” trend as seen in important
contemporary artists like Jenny Holzer, Richard Kostelanetz, and Xu Bing. Her
work is also applicable to the growing fields of study known as creative
non-fiction, and digital arts.
Ernst has shown her work nationally and internationally including shows at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Berkeley Art
Center, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art,The Center for Book Arts, Rutger University, and galleries like The Nave Gallery,
to name just a few. Her art is included in many important art collections
including Ohio State University
Collection of Avant Garde and Experimental Writing, The Museum of Modern Art in
NYC, and the Beinecke Library’s American Literature Collection at Yale
University, as well as significant private collections including the renowned
The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.
Ernst’s work has been published extensively in books and magazines including
the November 2008 issue of Poetry magazine, Writing
to Be Seen, edited
by Bob Grumman and Crag Hill, and her work was featured in Photo Techniques magazine. Ernst has also
participated in artist residencies, lectures, and performances with the Be
K.S. Ernst creatively and fiscally manages Press Me Close where she publishes books, postcards, and T-shirts of visual poetry. K.S. (Kathy) Ernst lives in New Jersey.