Kate Katomski

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Artist Statement

My body of work has investigated industrial landscapes and labor history for over 15 years. My studio practice involves long-term projects that include research, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and video. Printmaking has become integral to developing the concept of large-scale installations.

Prior to the 2020 Pandemic my work began to examine feminism and labor. This led to my use of textiles and patterns. The new series of silkscreen prints were inspired during lockdown from drawings of rugs and blankets in my interior space. The focus of drawing the graphic, detailed, repetitive patterns were meditative as we learned to cope with the many challenges that beset the world. In addition to interior drawings, my daily practice included walks, which inspired a series of watercolors examining color, light and pattern in the natural and man-made environment.

In my new body of work, the silkscreen prints and watercolor studies are deconstructed and woven together to consider a blend of color and light that exists more harmoniously. The finished weavings reflect the deeper universal question of our individual life (microcosm) in relationship to the larger world (macrocosm).

Brief Bio

Kate Katomski is a multi-media artist and educator whose studio practice includes research, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video and installation. She received a BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Textiles from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1985). She received a MFA in Studio Art at Maine College of Art, Portland ME (2002). After 30 years as an artist/educator in New York, NY she now resides in Portland, ME. She maintains a private studio at The Bakery Studios and has been a member of Peregrine Press since 2018.

Katomski has exhibited her work throughout the United States including the Knoxville Museum of Art, E. Tennessee Museum of History in Knoxville, TN; The Kitchen Art Gallery, New York, NY; The International Center, New York, NY; Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY; Kimball Street Studio, Lewiston, ME, USM Gallery, Lewiston-Auburn, ME; Carving Studio and Sculpture Center Gallery, W. Rutland, VT; Shelburne Farm, Burlington City Arts, VT; A.I.R. Gallery II, New York, NY; the Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY. In addition, she has participated in public art projects: she was one of five artists selected by Landscape Designer, Rene Soulard for The Ron K. Bills Memorial Fountain project in Seattle, WA. Her work is in both public and private collections.

She teaches at Southern Maine Community College, S. Portland, ME. She has been a member of the Art Faculty at Maine College of Art in Continuing Studies; The New School for Social Research, New York, NY; Sculpture Center, New York, NY; and Columbia Preparatory School, New York, NY. She has attended national and international residencies and has been the recipient of several grants.