Piece description from the artist
My current body of work explores ideas of piling, webs, and balance. Through worlds and structures comprised of geometric shapes, lines, and ladders, I explore just how much can be piled up before it falls down. Jungle gyms, constellations, transmission towers, rocks, and mountains twist, climb, and interconnect. The use of cool colors with stark black and white, evokes an icy, wintry atmosphere reminiscent of glaciers, icebergs, and winter mountains. Geologic history within the work carries a cause and effect, creating connections that are marked, mapped, and layered. Size, height, and form work together to build a solid foundation that can teeter on the verge of collapse.
Katie Loesel grew up on Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from The Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio and a Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She is also a sailor, crafter, gardener, hiker, cyclist, and lover of local food and drink. After living in Thailand and Boston, Katie moved to Vermont to focus on her art. She tends to make prints, drawings, installations, and books, as well as creations on her sewing machine under the guise of Windy Seas. She recently completed a month long artist residency at Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited nationally, with frequent shows throughout Vermont. Katie is the recipient of a 2016 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant.
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