Kat’s work is fueled by an interest in natural landscape, the coexistence of humans in these places, and their impact on their environment. This theme became prominent in her work when she noticed a rapid destruction and development of her surrounding landscape. This sparked a desire to experience America’s most natural environments, The National Parks, and inspired her most resent body of work. An identity of place is a key characteristic of her work, which provides a unique perception and understanding. She aims to provide her audience with a broad range of imagery, offering personal interpretations of environmental themes. The compositions depict recognizable landmarks, with imagined elements, so that the viewer may connect and engage with the work, and allows for many different interpretations.
Elements for each print are researched and documented on site. When back in her studio, the composition is conceived, illustrated, prepared and then screen printed by hand. Each color and layer of illustration in her prints undergoes an experimental approach to a traditional process and materials, including UV sensitive emulsion, mesh screens, stencils, inks and squeegees. The way in which she is using screen printing is similar to a painter in a studio, working with a variety of materials, manipulating the flat surface of paper, adding illusion and texture and areas of depth and complexity in multiple layers, colors, and application. Her practice is constantly evolving while she experiments with, and develops, new methods and techniques in the process.
Kat received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 2007, concentrating in Graphic Design, at C.W. Post College/Long Island University, in New York. From 2009-2011, she studied at The School of Visual Arts’ Continuing Education program in New York City until she moved to London to develop her printmaking practice full time. In 2012 she received a Masters degree with Merit at Camberwell College of Art/University of the Arts London in printmaking. In 2013 Kat was granted an Artist Residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, USA. Kat currently lives in Dallas, Texas and prints/publishes her editions at her private studio, Inky Hands Print Studio, in Deep Ellum. She is the recipient of numerous awards and her work is exhibited regularly in London and Hong Kong and is collected worldwide, in personal and public collections.