I use elements from my surroundings to produce gestural paintings that question and refigure familiar forms, focusing on topics such as spatiality, the natural world, organic systems, and networked structures. Using quotidian references, the paintings consider the profound as an accumulation of ordinary moments.
Rendered in shades of blue with explosions of violets and yellows, layers of familiar shapes float above and below painted marks. Compositions respond to a grid, within which the shapes and marks push and pull against each other, dissolving hierarchies of space. Residue of forms and sketched lines remain as visible trains of thought, lending the finished paintings a nascent feeling of emerging.
My influences range from expressionism with its exuberant color and mark-making and a minimalist tradition with its subtle approach and attention to process.
Katherine Keltner was born in Oklahoma City and raised in New York. She studied writing, critical theory, architecture, and visual arts at Dartmouth College, Columbia University and American University. Her works have been exhibited in the United States and Europe including at The Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum of Art, Field Projects, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, and A.I.R. Gallery among others. Awards include fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation and the Chautauqua Institution. She lives and works in Brooklyn.