Welcome! With my artistic voice and passionate, evocative exploration of Mother Earth’s many splendors, I strive to inspire humankind to explore the Earth and themselves through original work. Explore the woods with me, drink in the petrichor, ground yourself on the mycelium rich soil, and embrace the energies within and around you. Please explore my works below and throughout the site.
All photographs by Katherine Watts, unless otherwise specified
Environmental artist Katherine Watts is an artist who rarely focuses on one medium in particular but rather tends to employ a multimedia approach while pulling from printmaking techniques learned in the past. Whether it is a relief monoprint, a digitally manipulated photograph or a 3-dimensional found object sculpture, the overarching intention behind the work is to question and bring awareness to the status of the relationship between the Earth and the human race as a whole. One can only hope that the viewer’s introspective questioning and exploration of this relationship will ensue after seeing the work.
Watts’ most recent series incorporates scavenged Ohio River bank refuse which is then recycled into the work. While there is an innate, accompanied romanticism and beauty associated with these lovingly chosen items, there is also a sense of urgency and awakening: a hope for a human reaction, an awakening, an awareness concerning the facts of pollution, human impact on the Earth, global warming, the list is unfortunately endless. Instead of simply presenting these items to us, the implied Derridean approach is to deconstruct them physically, discover the meaning within them and then re-create something new with its own new found meaning, all the while retaining their original meaning of a mixed relationship of beauty and pollution. You can witness this is the latest series Mooring Line Deconstruction.
Mycology and mycoremediation are recurring influences on many different research endeavors that regularly show throughout the work, such as an immersive micro landscape or researched based spore print stemmed from the observation of a diverse habitat of numerous mushrooms during collection outings on the Ohio River.
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."