Paintings by Katie St. Clair
May 27-June 25, 2016
Opening reception 6-8pm, Friday, May 27
Katie St. Clair is an American artist who works in the medium of painting and collage.
In 2014 she graduated from the Graduate Program of the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. In 2006 she graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati receiving the distinction of Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in painting.
She has received public recognition by Christopher Knight - art critic for the Los Angeles Times and a three time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism - receiving Best in Show at the 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, curated by Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio in 2014. She received the award for her large scale triptych painting titled ‘Swilind’. She also received the Athena Art Society award for best female artist in the show.
In 2015 she was ‘The Visiting Artist’ at the Burren College of Art; a time which would have a rich influence on her work. Katie’s painting practice is built off what she sees, experiences and how she interprets the landscape. Her winter mornings were spent exploring the limestone pavements of the Burren. The following paragraphs outline her initial perceptions and give an insight into the themes of her upcoming show:
Large surface rocks, called ‘Glacial Erratics’, catch my eye. Following them, like an array of markers, I take a course over the limestone pavements; pausing to feel their newfound lichen skins.
I stop to consider their presence; and see them as a momentary assortment, lingering here temporarily, after being carried by the fluxes of past glaciers. Their current inertia and grey self-containment belying the motion that once brought them to here. They seem to sit lightly now, as if propped on their own self-made pedestals, while the soft day-to-day mineral erosions of wind, and interspersing rain, play out in the fresh happenings around them.
Review of Erratics paintings by poet Mary Catherine Harper:
Rocks are weighty, durable things, yet Katie St. Clair’s mixed media interpretations of the stones of The Burren area of Ireland give us the sense that there is more to rocks than mere mass. Her Glacial Erratics multi-media pieces reveal a sure, artistic vision of stone transformed upon a mutable ground, just as the soil of The Burren shifts constantly around the karst outcrops of that region. The organic processes that unfold on that water-soaked land result in the growth of delicate spring gentian, cinquefoil, the hoary rock rose, and several other flowers, including a number of orchid species.