Growing up in West Virginia, my first introduction to color, line and form came from my mother’s sewing and knitting.
Now I sculpt with the materials and techniques of sewing that are second nature for me. I use beads along with found, repurposed and recycled materials as my pallet. My artistic interests lie in grand visual and physical forms that introduce a sense of wonder and pleasure. I employ organic abstraction as a way to deconstruct nature to take my work to a level of imagined nature rather than one of reality. In this body of work I use images of a garden to convey an idea of paradise. I am interested in the idea of paradise as it expressed in religions, art and literature as a garden of beauty and peace that expresses the human need to create and cultivate beauty as a counter to our acts of destruction.
Katherine Daniels is a NYFA fellow who is working in Harlem in a Chashama studio.
Her 2010, site specific sculpture, FENCE EMBROIDERY WITH EMBELLISHMENT is a temporary installation for the Downtown Alliance’s RE: Construction, Working Beautifully project. She will be participating in the Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM program and exhibiting in Nurture Art’s Who’s Afraid of Ornament in April 2010. She has a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in painting from Johnson State College. Her website is www.katherinedaniels.com