Katherine Southam: glass

Katherine began her arts education with a theoretical grounding by completing a BFA in Art History at Concordia University in Montreal. After discovering a passion for glass, she pursued a practical immersion by completing a degree in Glass and Ceramics at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England. Katherine then had a studio practice in Nelson, British Columbia, for five years, and has recently moved to Ottawa, where she is now working out of Loretta Studios and Gallery.

“In my sculptural practice, I am greatly inspired by nature and the patterns of connections between the natural and human worlds. In particular, I am curious about the ways humanity attempts to set itself apart from the natural world, and the ways animal, plant, and marine life recognize no such division. I attempt to highlight the inextricability of the human and natural worlds by juxtaposing elements of each within a single arrangement. These surreal compositions are intended to be unsettling to the viewer.

My process applies the surrealist method of automatism and draws from the imagination, and in this way, I try to achieve a free exploration of form. By engaging the subconscious in this way, I attempt to force an encounter between the unexpected and the familiar. Part of what informs this process is my interest in mythology and transmogrification. In my work this interest sometimes takes the form animals in the process of transformation or distortion; at other times, it takes the form of creatures composed of the features of several different animals. I am interested in further investigating the dialogue between form and theme, material and expression.”

                

  

 

   

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