September 12 – October 12, 2019
Artist’s Reception: Friday, October 4th, 6-9pm
Gallery hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 12 noon to 6 pm; Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm
“‘I have known such a creature‘ (Charles Altamont Doyle) is how I start my collages. As a child, I lived in a wonder world of faeries, science fiction, botany and zoology. Not much has changed, the only difference being that I now record all of my thoughts and stories in the form of intricate hand cut collages.
“From my large collection of books, prints and pages that are antique, forgotten and foxed with age, I cut out images, categorize them and then eventually transform them into other worldly creatures who are sometimes static like specimens and at other times are surviving in unique habitats.”
“I am rooted in the tradition of old fashioned childhood, where discovery was at the bottom of the garden in amongst the crushed leaves, the lilac, the beetles and the fungi. I hope that the creatures that I uncovered in that quiet, magical landscape are reflected in my collages.”
-Katie McCann is an English collage artist currently living in Berkeley, California.
See more of Katie’s art at: https://www.beetleblossom.com
“My work is about memory, adding a visual narrative to my thoughts. My work is about melancholy and humor, politics and storytelling. Sometimes I don’t know what my work is about, I just have a compulsion to make it, I let my hands lead, other times my mind. “
“Sometimes I make the same piece over and over, like learning the words to a song, practicing, I repeat it again and again until it is a part of me, then I can release the concept, with an understanding of it. My work teaches me who I am, it defines the edges for a time, then my focus changes and my work becomes something else. It answers a question for me, it poses a question to me.”