My practice addresses nature as a crossroad for developing concepts of growth, death, adaptation, cooperation, and perhaps most importantly, our emotional and physical selves. More than something to be understood and subjectified, for me nature is a space and opportunity for questioning.
My interest in public art stems from its ability to change one’s environment. I believe that we are constantly responding to our surroundings, allowing what is external to influence our emotions, our decisions, and our sense of self. Taking this into consideration, my approach to public art is to challenge the way people interact with the natural aspects of their environment.
Graduating with distinction from the University of Calgary's BFA program, Katie's work has exhibited in galleries such as Contemporary Calgary (MOCA), The Nickle, TRUCK, and Art Point Gallery. Her burgeoning body of mural work can be seen internationally in Nepal, India, Florida, Sri Lanka, and Berlin, and was undertaken both independently and in collaboration with a number of collectives, non-profit organizations and communities.
Through previous projects, I have witnessed how artwork can alter the physical landscape of a community and in turn how we construct the very notion of it. This has proven to be a powerful driver in my work. My experience with public art projects has allowed me to step outside a generalized definition of artist as expert or specialist — evoking feelings of intimidation and segregation for the public — to artist as collaborator and facilitator, in which feelings of connectivity and inclusion are shared.
My approach for community engagement varies based on the project specifications. Previous strategies have included workshops, conversations, emails, phone calls, surveys and events. I use my own artistic intention to help support the voices of individual members and collective community groups.
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