Briefly describe the work you do.
I work on many projects at once that revolve around the ideas of new romanticism, slowness, wanderlust, cartography, and a political call to the return of yesterday’s pastimes for the preservation of today’s environment.I have both a studio and post-studio practice. In the studio, I make photo collages on vellum and wood panels and I secretly make tiny landscape paintings. While creating small-scale works, I dream of doing large-scale installations with these projects one day.In my post-studio practice, I invite people to participate in adventures like extremely long walks in New York City that feel like climbing a mountain, or tours that invite people to come back to nature by viewing a sunrise for just a moment.
Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.
While growing up, I was involved in a lot of artistic activities outside of the visual arts. I worked extensively in the theatre department and I played flute competitively.Upon entering university age, I decided to major in theatre at a reclusive liberal arts college in the Pennsylvania Mountains. I soon grew self-conscious during my second year about being a ‘triple threat’ in the theatre world; so, I changed my major to art and began pursuing graphic design. Simultaneously, I took a painting course and remember one night stating, “If I could do this the rest of my life, I would.” My professor, Melissa Kuntz, soon encouraged me to apply to art schools where I had since graduated with a B.F.A. from Purchase College, lived in Flux Factory (II) in Long Island City, and received my M.F.A. from SMFA and Tufts University amongst other highlights in my emerging career.Today, I still take my theatre, graphic design, and musical background into consideration as tools for projects that I have worked on and projects to come.
The concept of the “artist studio” has a broad range of meanings, especially in contemporary practice. The idea of the artist toiling away alone in a room may not necessarily reflect what many artists do from day to day anymore. Describe your studio practice and how it differs from (or is the same as) traditional notions of ‘being in the studio.’
I jump back and forth between being in the studio and having a post- studio practice. This comes from attending two schools of thought, both Purchase College (studio-based) and SMFA (post-studio based). A majority of my work happens outside of my studio. However, I do crave making tangible objects and the satisfaction of seeing a product that long-term conceptual projects can’t immediately satisfy for me.
When do you find is the best time of day to make art? Do you have time set aside every day, every week or do you just work whenever you can?
Current Artists: Bas Jan Ader, Caspar David Friedrich, Sophie Calle, and Alejandro Jodorowsky
Family: All of them from the republican-gun-loving-southern ladies and gents to my British-tea-drinking-sassy-loving grandmother and my ever-supportive mother and father.Friends: They are all muses in so many ways – whether chosen artists or not – from every laugh and conversation, my life is enlightenedProfessors: Jeannie, Mary-Ellen, Barbara, Katharina, Nancy, Bobby
B, Dannielle, Melissa, Patte, Kaersten, Cathie, George, Magda, & KateCurrent book of influence: Wilderness and the American Mind by Roderick Nash, How to Use Your Eyes by James Elkins, & Wanderlust by Rebecca SolnitDreams: My reoccurring dreams about the apocalypse, which often look like environmental disaster sites.
If you had an occupation outside of being an artist, what would that be and why?
Fo’gedaboutit! I work too hard to be an artist in the moonlight hours to think about being anything else . . . maybe a professor, with a lush studio in New York and many research grants to practice my art . . . or, an artist represented by a blue-chip gallery (hello, museum collections!) – but this is all in the world and range of an artist.
Born in 1985 outside of Los Angeles and grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C., Katrina Neumann works internationally as a visual artist. She received her B.F.A from SUNY at Purchase College and her M.F.A from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work has been featured in the juried-in-print exhibition New American Paintings, Radio Context, WNYC, Whurk Magazine and Berlin Art-Parasites. She is affiliated with Flux Factory, Elsewhere Museum, CAC Woodside, LMCC, Creative Capital, Artist Alliance Inc. and All Hands Volunteer.
Neumann is the Founder and Chief Editor of Rate My Artist Residency. This growing resource provides a platform for artists to socially and critically engage in conversations about artist residencies worldwide. The website has been featured in ArtFCity, BlouinArtInfo, Artspace, China Residencies, CMagazine, and NYArts Magazine.
Katrina currently lives and works in New York City. Her upcoming projects include a collaboration with a string quartet (Rose Hashimoto, Karen Dekker, James Waldo, and Beth Wenstrom), a residency with Artists Alliance Inc. and a forthcoming exhibition with Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space.
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