Katherine Keltner

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318 Acorns, (1), 2009, Spray paint on canvas, 72 x 72 in
229 Acorns, (3), 2009, Spray paint on canvas 63 x 63 in
2010 0506-0609 47 drops 16441644462212, 2010, ink on paper, 11 x 11.5 in
2010 0315 10 drops 22222, 2010, ink on paper, 7.5 x 7 in
2010 0616 36 drops 2s, 2010, ink on paper, 11 x 11.5 in
Artist's Statement

All of my works are connected by an impulse to interpret and impose a structure on the ephemeral. At the root of this is a desire to understand my space amidst so many uncontrollable factors. If I can freeze something that doesn’t really stop and make tangible what isn’t (ultimately time), then I can examine the composite pieces and begin to place myself within it.

Visually, this translates into mapping or diagramming something that was: a portrait of a moment. The works are the result of patient observation, whether of acorns falling on a canvas, ink dropping on paper, shadows resting on the ground, or light radiating on water, as a means of documenting a passage of time. Line is prominent in all of my work, whether as a graphite, hand-drawn line, a line of light, a line of circles, or a line of thread. My lines provide a simple way to find linkages among the disorder and a way to create my own ordered space.


MFA American University (painting)
MArch studies Columbia University GSAPP (architecture)
AB Dartmouth College, High Honors (critical theory)

Exhibitions: American University Museum/Katzen Arts Center, Max Protetch, A.I.R. Gallery

Public works: Your house/My House, Permanent installation and structure, Buffalo, NY; Once, I Thought I Saw a Whisper, Light installation on the East River, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, in association with the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival, Brooklyn

Lectures: Exquisite Bind. Untitled / Artspace, Oklahoma City; Art in Public Spaces: Projects by Irwin, Eliasson, Serra, and Whiteread. City College of New York