Kate Stirr’s art practice grows out of a childlike sense of wonder and curiosity for the natural world. While Kate is generally excited by everyday encounters with urban flora and fauna, she is captivated by the most unimaginable elements of the universe—particularly bizarre fungi and otherworldly ocean creatures. In her sculpture, video, and drawings Kate tries to reflect the strange mystery, beauty, and humor that the natural world holds. Born in Southern California, raised in Wisconsin, and now living in Berkeley, Kate has spent an equal amount of time exploring the backcountry of the Midwest and the Pacific Coast via foot, kayak, and canoe. She received her BA in Art and Spanish from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 2006, and completed a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. In 2010 Kate earned her MFA in Studio Art at Mills College in Oakland, California, where she was a recipient of the Jay De Feo MFA Award.