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Artist ID: 2340

Wayside is a series of time-based installations made of material I have collected from the roadsides and other marginal landscapes across the globe. Each installation is composed of locally-collected refuse and natural pigment which is bound together in spheres of ice. The frozen orbs hang above a canvas in a gallery, melting at differing rates in response to gallery temperature and even the collective body heat of visitors. Debris, water and pigment fall onto the canvas, accumulating in pools that evaporate and result in a painting while remaining material stays suspended in the air as sculptural forms. These installations expose the developmental stages of the artistic process and draw awareness to environments which are so commonly overlooked.
Gallery Information: The canvas sits in a plexiglass container (size 38”x 62” x 2”) that catches any runoff liquid and protects the floors. 3-8 ice sculptures hang from the celling using a mounted metal grid. This installation slowly reveals the different stages of transformation in the painting process that viewers don’t normally see in a gallery. There is a temporality to these built artworks; the melting process lasts between 12 and 30 hours. The installation heightens the viewers perception of their senses including the subtle olfactory experience of a springtime melt. The normality of a roadside environment that we drive by every day on the way to work is restructured in the gallery to direct attention and heighten awareness of an often overlooked ecosystem. I have successfully made iterations of this artwork in museum and gallery spaces internationally with wonderful feedback from both viewers and gallerists. I would be happy to come a few days before the opening to collect, compose, freeze, and of course install the time sensitive aspects of the installation work myself on the morning of the opening.

Whether deep in a cave or hiking over a volcanic mountain, Katie St. Clair gathers inspiration from the rich sensations of living or dying life. Katie is a North Carolina-based artist whose paintings and time-based installations investigate contemporary landscape, perception, process and materiality. With an MFA from University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design, she has exhibited internationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, Mint Museum Charlotte, and Burren College of Art in Ireland. She has won numerous awards including the completion of a $50,000 mural for Northern Kentucky University’s new Health and Innovation Center. She won Best in Show at the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition curated by the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. Christopher Knight, art critic for the Los Angeles Times and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, selected the award winners. She has found emersion in the landscape to be critical to her artistic process and has attended numerous artist residencies such as VCCA, Penland School of Craft, Vermont Studio Center Residency Program and Porcupine Mountain National Park A.I.R Program to facilitate her work. Katie is an Assistant Professor of Art at Davidson College.

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