Katelyn Patton is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Chicago, IL. In 2012 she graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in painting, a BA in art history and a minor in biology. Her current practice focuses on painting, installation and textiles.
“My work explores the tension between various dualities: pretty and macabre, geometric and organic, alluring and revolting. Drawing from my interest in biological forms and processes, and my professional work in textile patterns and window installations, I manipulate materials such as wax, wood, paint and thread to create moments of opposition with diverse textures, complicated color relationships, and imagery that plays between being both abstract and representational. I use bold gestures and tiny detailed patterns to require different kinds of looking in a single piece. With this push and pull I hope to force the viewer to occupy a space between pleasure/familiarity and strangeness/discomfort. I believe the uncertain movement between these two states creates space for a higher level of engagement and curiosity.”