Seismic Separation, 1986

Katherine Holzknecht
(American, born 1954)

Location: Keene-Riverview Elementary, Prosser


Artist Katherine Holzknecht’s wall sculpture Seismic Separation is part of a series of artworks that depict splits and cracks. The composition of this piece suggests powerful forces of nature, and concepts of isolation and loneliness. The artist notes that the creation of this piece helped her work through the divorce and break-up of several friends. She describes how, when a family’s foundation becomes unstable, “It makes everyone involved feel shaky and uncertain. It would be similar to living on top of an active fault line in an earthquake zone.”

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Prosser School District.


Northwest artist Katherine Holzknecht creates artworks in cast cement, mixed material wall assemblage, watercolor paints, and stained glass.

Holzknecht earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Textile Design and Fiber Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle. She lives and works in Woodinville, Washington.

MediumMixed media low relief wall assemblage
DimensionsThree parts, 25 1/4 in x 28 in x 4 each in (irregular dimensions)
ID NumberWSAC1987.042.00A-C
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyProsser School District
Artwork LocationKeene-Riverview Elementary
Room 20 - Special Education
WA CountyBenton
Site TypePublic School
Address832 Park Ave
Prosser, WA 993501221
Geo. Coordinates46.200470 | -119.775485
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