ARTIST Fatou Kane
TITLE Network of Mutuality


My sculptures and paintings largely are created using iterative processes where I define a set of rules whereby the work develops through the accumulation of material according to the rules. Accompanied by my writing, these works function as a mechanism for myself and ultimately other human beings to decipher and translate their own experiences.

If my physical work provides a point of departure, my studio, “thethirdspace”is intended to provide the physical space for engagement with the ideas I put forth through my work and onwards with the ideas of others. Thethirdspace functions doubly a studio space for my own art practice as well as a salon and micro-learning space for critical and constructive intellectual engagement. In short, I want to make art-making, intellectual engagement, and emotional engagement accessible to my community to the end of re-imagining how we relate to one another on an interpersonal level in St. Louis.

As a St. Louis native and recent graduate, I have spent the last several years working with local community partners in an education and arts capacity for murals, design, and research projects. In my professional work now I navigate partnerships in the non-profit sphere for educational achievement in vulnerable communities in St. Louis and across the country.

I have led several community driven arts projects. In 2021 I completed a mural on Cherokee street, where I grew up, in collaboration with the local business Bridge Bread Bakery and the Cherokee Street Arts Commission. We developed the design together, a floral arrangement overlooking their community garden that they wanted to highlight. From 2022-2023 I worked in partnership with St. Louis Public Schools and the Treasurer’s Office of St. Louis to develop a student-led school beautification project at Carr Lane Visual & Performing Arts Middle school (CLVPA). I led three on-site interactive workshops with about 60 students to design the new school mural. On the execution day, I coordinated about 20 students and staff to paint the 16’ x 8’ mural which I had outlined the day before. This endeavor allowed me to function as a medium whereby art and place-making were accessible to youth and community members in creating a permanent installation within their own community.

I am perpetually seeking capacities in which I may more effectively serve my community; this forthcoming mural project would give me the opportunity to continue carrying out my life-long commitment to service, education, and the arts through community beautification in a vulnerable community.