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Artist Statement

        I employ various techniques such as printmaking, photography, videography, music and sculpture. I incorporate foraged Ohio River bank findings, which are then reassembled in unexpected ways. While there is an innate, accompanied romanticism and beauty associated with these objects, there is also a sense of regeneration and urgency.

        My overarching intention is to create a polyphony of work that focuses on naturalism, memories, observation and abstraction. My hope is that the work evokes a kind of personal internal awareness of the ubiquitous relationship between nature and humans, so that the viewer's introspective questioning of this relationship can ensue.

        Instead of simply presenting such realities, the implied Derridean approach to their complexity and instability might be better served by deconstruction; to attempt to discover the meanings within them. My intention is to accomplish this while retaining the sources of the relationship of abiding beauty and conflict.

 

Bio

Katherine E. Watts is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, amateur mycologist, and Instructor of Art based out of Evansville, IN. She received her MFA from the University of Louisville (Dean’s Scholars) in 2021 and received her BSc in Graphic Design from the University of Southern Indiana in 2007. She has since then been included in numerous exhibitions; most notably at the Mccutchan Art Center and Pace Galleries at the University of Southern Indiana, Las Laguna Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA, and the Cressman Center for Visual Arts in Louisville, KY.
Watts is currently an active artist and Instructor of Art at the University of Southern Indiana; she teaches both studio and digital arts. She studies mycology, photography and video documentary on her time off.

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