"Doesn't matter what you do or don't march for. What you do or don't believe in. You deserve a place to rest for a moment. You deserve a lullaby. You deserve a cup of tea, and someone to listen to you. You deserve a pause button. You deserve hope."
Kaycee was a skilled artist working in many mediums: painting, drawing, ceramics, typography, and music. Her main form of expression was collage. She used discarded fashion and home decor magazines as her fodder for creating intricately detailed pieces of all sizes that explored the realms of myth and fairy tale as they pertained to personal narrative. Her process was akin to painting with paper, incorporating the eye-popping palettes of high-gloss advertising into both intricate patterns and whimsical figures.
Kaycee Frances Anseth (1979-2020) was born in Minot, North Dakota, and spent part of her childhood there before moving to Bristol, Tennessee. She came of age in Columbia, Tennessee, graduating from Columbia Central High School and earning her BFA in Art from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. She founded and then flourished in her career as an art-maker and art activist in Bend, Oregon, where she lived for almost half her life.
Kaycee contributed to the artistic community in Oregon’s high desert through involvement with PoetHouse Art, RiseUp, the Night Light Show, and First Fridays in downtown Bend. She created work for Facebook, TBD Advertising, Deschutes Brewery, Visit Bend, and AMZ Productions, among others, and crafted signage/logos for local shops. She painted murals on the walls of several local businesses as well as the Bend Central District’s Franklin Avenue North Pedestrian Railroad Tunnel. Kaycee was also a gifted writer who contributed pieces to the Source Weekly, among other outlets. She wrote and performed in the folk duo, The Gold Rust.