Purple Ascendance

a painting by 
KYTAIN | Caregiver + Visual Artist


A few years ago, I met a cancer survivor, Katrina. Katrina always presented a smile and kind words, through chemo and all the hidden struggles that those who fight cancer deal with. A little over a year ago, while talking with Katrina, the song ‘Purple Rain’ came about as a subject, and we discussed what it meant to each of us. And while listening to her talk I came to feel that she wished to break free of the confines of her illness and body, to rise and dance like the free spirit that was at her core, above the harshness of her life. It was from the blending of the song “Purple Rain” and my conversation with Katrina that the first visions of the painting that would come to be titled “Purple Ascendance” came.

 Art should always reflect emotion and speak to things words sometimes can’t contain. Sometimes that meaning is a dark thing from a dark place. Other times it is full of sunlight and hope. But for myself, I feel the greatest challenge is to look into the darkness and see if I can’t bring forth some light—to discern the beauty in the struggle. “Purple Ascendance” began with the words of Prince’s classic song, but as I worked the paint, it became more about Katrina and the restrained spirit I saw within her wanting to burst free and dance in even the darkest rain—to bring forth a beautiful light—to laugh in the purple rain.

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Kytain
My name is Robert Klemp, but I paint under the name of Kytain. I have been an artist since childhood. I attended the College of Fine Arts at USF, and have won awards at the county and state levels in local art shows. Upon leaving college, I focused on writing and painting, producing a small series of painting that received some attention and one international publication. But then sickness struck my family, and for many years I was a caregiver. In the past few years I have begun to paint earnestly again. I believe art should always reflect emotion, and speak to things words sometimes can't contain. Sometimes that meaning is a dark thing from a dark place. Other times it is full of sunlight and hope. But for myself, I feel the greatest challenge is to look into the darkness and see if I can't bring forth some light—to discern the beauty in the struggle. In addition to this purpose, I also want to show the flow of things through liquid forms and washing color. So many things we see everyday are connected in ways we sometimes overlook or simply can not see with our naked eye. Through painting I explore these flows and connections, linking dark to light, hope and dispair, unity and loneliness. And many times I find links that I, myself, had not noticed before.