NKU SOTA Features Art from Guest Artist Katie St. Clair
Thu, 08/23/2018 - 16:51 RCN Newsdesk
Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts is pleased to announce the opening of Erratics: Neither Here nor There: Artwork by Katie St. Clair on display in the Main Gallery of the Fine Arts Center from Aug. 20 to Sept. 21. An artist reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 pm, the reception is free and open to the public. There will also be a gallery talk from 4 to 5 pm on Sept. 20. Guest parking will be available in parking lots I and D for free on the artist reception night. All other times, parking is available in the Welcome Center Garage for a small fee.
St. Clair states that her artwork is “inspired by the rich sensations of living and dying life. The crunching of pine needles beneath my feet. Decaying leaves under the muddy surface of a puddle. The lichen that is inseparable from its stone. I believe stories are held in the landscape.”
St. Clair’s education background includes a B.F.A. from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and a M.F.A. from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. Katie currently is an Assistant Professor at Davidson College, Davidson NC where she teaches Intermediate and Advanced Painting and Drawing.
Her latest series of work was informed by her phenomenological research on Glacial Erratics - pieces of rock that have been transported from their original location by moving ice. In 2015, St. Clair spent five months at the Burren College of Art, a residency program in Ireland.
“I had no idea how drastically the nuances of my experiences, although seemingly banal and placid at times, could produce such a rich influence on my work,” St. Clair said. “I spend my winter mornings walking over the landscape of the Burren. Large surface rocks, called ‘Glacial Erratics’, catch my eye. I follow them, like an array of markers, making a course over the limestone pavements, pausing to feel their newfound lichen skins. I stop to consider their presence, and see them as a momentary assortment, lingering here temporarily, after being carried by the fluxes of past glaciers. Their current inertia and grey self-containment, belie the motion that once brought them here."
"They seem to sit lightly now, as if propped on their own self-made pedestals, while the soft day-to-day mineral erosions of wind and interspersing rain play out in the fresh happenings around them," St. Clair continued. "I wonder as to their potential, perhaps as a reminder that some things shouldn’t be controlled, understood or neatly organized.”
The Main Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center at Northern Kentucky University. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and closed on major holidays and weekends. Admission is free.