Doris Kapner explores gender issues in her work, replacing the female subject with an object, layered in meaning, as symbols of both objectification and power, personal and impersonal. Creating inherently feminine textile pieces in ceramics draws on the domesticity of the medium in reference to a woman’s “place.”
Doris received a B.F.A. in from Purchase College in 1994 and has worked in art galleries, as a TIG welder, police officer, homemaker, loss prevention manager, visual merchandiser, yoga teacher, and art instructor. This fluctuation between typical male and female roles drives her work.
She began working in ceramics in 2015, creating undergarments, dresses, and handkerchiefs often adding needlework and crochet. Doris currently lives in Davidson, North Carolina and teaches children’s classes at the Cornelius Arts Center.