Those kids at the Harrison Center for the Arts are at it again. They captured the fun of last week’s First Friday opening at the HCA in this video. I spy myself painting away in my studio at the 1:33 mark.
A lot of years ago I painted portraits and figures non-stop. You couldn’t make me draw or paint something abstract, now it seems that’s about all I do (and I love that too).
Recently, I started sketching some faces. They were a bit of an upgrade to the ones I did in high school and college (I’ll show you some of those in another post). The result is the start of a new series of small portraits, of no one in particular, on wood. I’m starting with 5 x7 inch ovals and 5 x 5 inch circles, but am already thinking of pieces a bit larger.
Here’s the evolution of Blue Tattoo Girl.
And a sneak peek of the next one…
It’s been a surreal couple of weeks with some big changes. Seed and Star Studio on 54th Street as you knew it is no more. The artists, including myself, have moved on to new locations and projects.
At the end of September, I moved in to a new space a the Harrison Center for the Arts. You can find me in studio #015. If this number sounds familiar to Harrison Center regulars, it should. It was previously, wondrously, creatively filled with the magic that was my friend, Susan Hodgin. Susan passed almost a month ago and I’m so very honored to be in her space.
I’m slowly getting started in the new studio with two First Friday openings under my belt, two commissions in the works, prep for two workshops I’ll be teaching in Mooresville and Lafayette in November and (I hope) holiday commissions.
I invite you to come check out the new studio – I’m not sure yet if it will be the new ‘Seed & Star’ – on IDADA First Friday, November 7 from 6-9pm.
A little late, but a big thank you to friends new and old who visited me at Homespun: Modern Handmade last Friday night for the opening of my mini-show, Little Things.
Part of IDADA’s First Friday festivities, I was there doing some painting demos which included an awesome unicorn and rainbow collaboration with a seven year old. Plus there were macaroons.
A shout out to my friend Rana Salame for setting it all up and the folks at Homespun for being such great hosts.
I’m trying to get back into posting a picture daily. Today, in an effort to get at least somewhat caught up, I’m giving you four images from the June First Friday Gallery Tour. This month, two of my studio mates had solo shows so Sofiya Inger and I made the rounds. The first was M10 in the Circle City Industrial Complex for Emily’s These Are the Days That Must Happen to You, photographs from her recent trip to Ireland. Next we went to the Fletcher area near Fountain Square for Grace’s Roots and Wings. Grace showed her paintings as well as photographs (also by her son, David) from her recent travels at Harold Lee Miller’s studio.
We ended the night with a stop at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis for the Self-Portraits show.
I hate writing artist statements. But, I realize they are necessary. I’ve spent quite a bit of time helping and encouraging others to work on and work out their statements in the last few years via workshops and one-on-one coaching, but taking my own advice hasn’t made it any easier.
That said, this one came pretty easily. I do believe it makes a difference when the work you’re writing about makes a difference to you. So, for those who can’t make it to my opening tonight, or those who can and want to read it again, what follows is the artist statement for The World Went On…
The World Went On – paintings on canvas by Indianapolis native Kate Oberreich.
The common thread that links us to humanity at times binds us to islands of isolation. View one woman’s story on canvas, as she eloquently translates a journey at the borders of a world she perceives has gone on without her. In this, she asks the viewer to examine connectedness, disconnectedness and the surprise between.
In March 2011, I found myself without a job for the first time since I was fourteen years old. As someone who was entirely used to balancing multiple jobs at one time (in recent years, I’ve had as many as four at once), it was a strange experience to have none. My goal was of course to search out new employment, but also to spend my new found free time working in the studio. Both proved harder than I thought. While I was fortunate enough to find part time employment within a month, I found that I lacked any creative drive and, for a time, contemplated closing my studio.
Feeling somewhat isolated, I spent the better part of a year polishing my resume, going to interviews (seventeen in ten months), trying to paint something worthwhile and getting all too familiar with daytime television. I watched others live their lives going to and from work, unable to make plans because they had to work and complaining about work. The world went on without me.
It wasn’t until I finally got back to work in January 2012 that I began to create meaningful artwork again (at least to me). As the prequel to what I hope will become a much larger show at a later date The World Went On is what’s come out of a year of longing, loneliness, disconnectedness and the hope that comes with new employment and a better sense of place. Maybe you’ve been there, too?
Kate received her BFA in painting in 2005 at Ball State University (Muncie, IN) and is a 2006 Stutz Studio Resident and 2008 Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellow. She has worked for and with multiple Indianapolis-based arts organizations and corporations.
In addition to her work as an artist and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Kate keeps busy with projects that include social media coaching for fellow artists and managing her new studio, Seed & Star. Her combination of painting with drawing, collage and other materials often reflects rich personal journeys and experiences.