Katie St. Clair

 

"I am inspired by these rich sensations of living and dying life. The crunching of pine needles beneath my feet. Decaying leaves under the muddy surface of a puddle. The lichen that is inseparable from its stone. These little worlds woven out of intricate parts are in constant flux: cycles of life, death, decay, new life. I want to know the underbelly of the land and my psyche— to live with it, in it and still see the beauty. 

 

On close investigation, my immense landscape paintings reveal themselves as fractured combinations of complex layers of paint, collage material and photographs that reflect upon the natural world.  I gather these images from first hand experiences within my environment and, most recently, from roadside locations that challenge my assumptions about where nature is most vibrantly manifested.  

 

Drainage ditches, land between gas stations and street medians are places that breed uncertainty. They are largely ignored boundary lands, gathering the detritus of our culture into a tentative wildness. Simple acts of engagement with these surroundings have profound consequences for my work. Whether on foot or bike, my surrounding environment guides my investigations in the studio. 

 

 

In my studio, I communicate the emotional and physical experience of crawling around in the bush, making connections and touching everything I encounter. The detritus brings the natural materials into focus by allowing us to make connections through form. This builds associations between the objects especially when they exist side by side. The trash amplifies nature and nature amplifies trash, but they both resolve in the same way: decay."

 

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Education/CV:

 

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN| Ann Arbor MI 

Masters of Fine Arts | 2014

 

THE ART ACADEMY OF CINCINNATI | Cincinnati OH 

Bachelors of Fine Art, Painting | Magna Cum Laude | 2006

Wilder Traveling Scholarship | Europe | 2006

Akademie der Bildenden Künste | München | 2006

Parsons The New School of Design | New York | 2005

 

PROFESSSIONAL EXPERIENCE

            SELF EMPLOYED ARTIST | Cincinnati OH

Studio Work and Commissioned Jobs | 2009- 2014

Community Revitalization Mural | Children’s Hospital | 2006

 

DAVID GOLDBERG DESIGN | PRODUCTION ARTIST | New York NY 

Hand Made Wallpaper Artist | 2007- 2008

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN | GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR | Ann Arbor MI

Lenses and Painting | 2013

Senior Integrative Projects | 2012- 2013

Organizing Visual Space | 2012 and 2014

Technology and the Environment | 2011

 

HAPPEN INC. | PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR | Cincinnati OH

Art Teacher | 2011- 2012

Community Garden Facilitator | 2012

 

STARFIRE COUNCIL | VISITING LECTURER | Cincinnati OH

Mural Project | 2010

Runway Project | 2011

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 | Munro Gallery| WaterLogged | Albion MI

2014 | Slusser Gallery| Wayside | Ann Arbor MI 

2014 | Enviro Art Gallery | Second Nature | Ann Arbor MI 

2013 | NCRC Gallery | Landbetween | Ann Arbor MI 

2007 | Global Lead Art Gallery | Cincinnati OH

2007 | KraftHous | Solo | Cincinnati OH

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 | Toledo Art Museum| 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition| Toledo OH

2014 | Apexart| Trans-Farm| Detroit MI

2014 | 333 Midland| Big Paintings at the Factory| Detroit MI

2014 | Ann Arbor Art Center| Decompose/Recompose| Ann Arbor MI

2014 | Zhou B. Art Center | National Wet Paint Biennial | Chicago IL

2013 | Matthaei Botanical Gardens | 50 Shades of Green | Ann Arbor MI

2013 | River Gallery | Biology and Art in Creative Minds | Ann Arbor MI

2013 | Work Gallery | Test Kitchen | Ann Arbor MI

2013 | Kuaba Gallery | Torn to Grace | Indianapolis IN

2013 | Green Road Studios | A+D 13 | Ann Arbor MI

2013 | University of Michigan | Juried Art | Ann Arbor MI

2013 | Naming Ceremony Online Gallery | Storybook Fragments | Los Angeles CA

2012 | Green Road Studios | Ten Degrees | Ann Arbor MI

2011 | Slusser Gallery | All Student Exhibition | Ann Arbor MI

2011 | Greenwich House Gallery | Cincinnati OH

2010 | Creative Gallery | Maps | Cincinnati OH

2010 | Arts Space Beijing | Global Art Perspectives: Art 2010 Annual Preview | Beijing China

2010 | Broadway Gallery | Global Art Perspectives: Art 2010 Annual Preview | New York NY

2009 | Broadway Gallery | Derived, Borrowed, and Stolen | New York NY

2007 | Canal Chapter | Residency Project | New York NY

2006 | Akademie der Bildenden Künste München | Student Show | Munich Germany

2006 | Pearlman Gallery | If You’re a Dreamer Come In | Cincinnati OH

2005 | Chidlaw Gallery | It’s All About the Take-Off | Cincinnati OH

2005 | Parsons The New School of Design | Come Close | New York NY

2004 | Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center | I&P Show | Covington, KY

 

AWARDS

2014 | Best in Show- 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Art Museum

2014 | Athena Art Society Award at the Toledo Art Museum

2014 | Smucker/Wagstaff Project Scholarship

2013 | Smucker/Wagstaff Project Scholarship

2013 | CEW Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship

2013 | University of Michigan, Juried Art Competition

2006 | The CJK Calendar Award

2004 | Bertha Langhorst Werner Scholarship

2004 | Art Academy of Cincinnati Excellence in Second Year Scholarship

2003 | Art Academy of Cincinnati Excellence in First Year Scholarship

2002 | Art Academy of Cincinnati Eugene F. Rowe Scholarship

 

RESIDENCIES

2014 | The Philip C. Curtis Artist-in-Residence Program

2013 | Porcupine Mountain National Park A.I.R Program 

2009 | Vermont Studio Center Residency Program

2007 | Canal Chapter Residency Program