Katharine Whild

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Katharine Whild, "On Wheels," 2017, canvas, sawdust, acrylic paint, wheels, 26.5 x 16 x 9"
Katharine Whild, "On Wheels," 2017, canvas, sawdust, acrylic paint, wheels, 26.5 x 16 x 9"
 Katharine Whild, "Pull Toy," 2017, wheatboard, acrylic paint, string, 49 x 21 x 2"
Katharine Whild, "African Dream," 2016, suit, acrylic paint, 68 x 25 x 4"
Katharine Whild, "Gala," 2001, Mohair, steel hanger, 95 x 15 x 3"

I have been making sculpture for about 20 years in a variety of media. I work from intuition and from ideas or images that come into my mind spontaneously or from dreams.

For the last ten years my focus has been with sculpture based on clothing. Sometimes I make the “clothes” and sometimes I alter used clothing. I am not making wearable art nor am I interested in fashion. Rather, I like the reference to a character, job, lifestyle embodied in the clothes as well as the expectation of the body that would live inside them. I started out doing women’s clothes but in the last couple of years have focused on men’s suits – a gold mine of social information and projections. Sometimes we see the clothes before the person.

The last three years have been very hard for me personally because of the death of one family member and the illness of another. As can happen my most recent work changed as a result of the family issues. I turned inward into work more psychological than social.  The process for me has been an exploration of images from childhood and /or archetypal images such as the trickster, the child, the wise old woman etc.. The clothing may return as it is occasionally motivated by some of the same characters. With the new work I hope to engage these characters in more depth.

Education: BFA Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Exhibitions:

2014 Unraveled, Remick Gallery, York, ME
2011 Wardrobe in the Window, Chelliswilson, Portland, ME
2010 Pleased to Meet You, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME
2007  Neue Pastelle, Galerie Mutter Fourage, Berlin, Germany

Katharine Whild, "Gala," 2001, Mohair, steel hanger, 95 x 15 x 3" 6 months ago
Katharine Whild, "African Dream," 2016, suit, acrylic paint, 68 x 25 x 4" 7 months ago
Katharine Whild, "Pull Toy," 2017, wheatboard, acrylic paint, string, 49 x 21 x 2" 7 months ago
Katharine Whild, "On Wheels," 2017, canvas, sawdust, acrylic paint, wheels, 26.5 x 16 x 9" 7 months ago
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