Unearth: Katie St. Clair

August 28 - September 25, 2015
Closing Reception: Final Friday, September 25, 2015, 5-9pm

Unearth: Katie St. Clair

Artist Statement:

I am inspired by the 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 brush, 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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