Eileen Kane

Eileen S. Kane was born in Cambridge, MA and educated at Smith College (AB,'67-Zoology), Harvard University (MS,'69 and Ph.D.,'67-Anatomy) and the Pacific Northwest College of Art (BFA equivalent, '87-painting & drawing). She has shown her work regionally, nationally and internationally in many one-person and group shows. Kane published her large, charcoal drawings and related poems in: Forms of Protest: Drawings and Poems about Racism (Joseph Press, 1994). She has taught a variety of classes in both science and art at the grade school, college, and graduate levels, and has been an Art Instructor at Pacific NW College of Art & the Art Institute of Portland (OR) where she taught drawing, anatomy and painting. Kane’s work can be seen in Portland, OR at the Rental/Sales Gallery of the Portland Art Museum, Caplan Art Designs & Walters Art Center (Hillsboro, OR). She has work in numerous private and public collections throughout the Northwest and Northeast US, including the Corvallis (OR) City Hall & Portland Community College. Kane has been a speaker and panelist for several public forums as well as a juror for art exhibits in the Northwest. She is married and has two children.


 

Eileen S. Kane '67

 

I
  (a white-skinned woman of Jewish heritage
and persuasion
with a dark-skinned son
of Colombian ancestry)
can only enter
these friends
through my soul
through my hand
through my pencil
to your world.

I have felt
your world
through my own
By looking at you
carefully,
By listening to you
fully,
By watching
your face,
your body
With mine.

I may have been
another
Maybe
a dark-skinned other
Before I was
me.
I know Africa and loss,
somehow.
(It is) lost from my
conscious me.
But
when I draw,
I know.

 

 

"Background Presence"