Best of Phoenix

Artist Kathleen Engstrom Pulls Her Art from the Streets

Best of Phoenix hit newsstands Sept. 26. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Kathleen Engstrom.

Artist Kathleen Engstrom likes taking her art from the streets. While walking her dog, Engstrom will pick up little pieces of such discarded items as metal scraps or glass shards that, she says, retain the energy of society but need a discerning eye to bring out the beauty.

Though Engstrom pulls from the outside world to create her sculptures, she says that when she looks around her studio, she realizes that she has created a personal diary of sorts with her art.

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Alexandria Conrad