AND WITHIN THESE OPEN SPACES, THESE BRUISES, MAY YOU FIND THAT WARM BLANKET OF TENDERNESS
Glicee Print on archival paper
Katherine Rutter creates ambiguous narratives of human, animal and plant forms existing in fantastical and delicate environments. Her drawings often begin by ‘painting’ with hair-like algae, an intuitive process that allows her to connect with her subconscious, like one might find images in clouds. The algae provides a certain aesthetic quality while also nodding to Katherine's Southern roots and its folk tradition of found materials in art. The addition of subtle colors and gentle lines give an initial feeling of warmth and familiarity, often bringing to mind illustrations from old children’s books, which are an influence in her work. Themes of nostalgia, vulnerability, sexuality, wonder, subtle humor and the struggle of the unknown reveal a tender experience of humanity.