Katherine Keltner makes visual diaries accumulated from objects and images gathered from her immediate surroundings that seem inconsequential but also too important to throw away. Her projects address self-definition as an artist, woman, and mother, and the evolving definition of art-making. The work relies on a back-and-forth between the immediacy of digital production and the incremental buildup of repeated marks, at once distant in their production and still intimately personal. Interventions in the recordings uncover lines of connection and implied tracings observed through the overlay of an imposed order.
Keltner shares an abstract space that is not materially dependent or semantically determined, a space that echoes the fluidity of composition possible with drawing of any form. With a light hand, this process leaves the purity of observation yet exploits the voyeuristic nature of analysis. Each work tests and explores a tension between accident and system, beauty and the grotesque, invasion and privacy, obsession and observation.