Surviving womanhood today is complicated. The world is full of blurred boundaries, chemical control, and hypocritical ideals. When it seems like every day leads the world closer to an apocalypse, why do we obsess over weddings and cute animals?
As an artist, the logical route to self-empowerment seems to lie in the path of self-criticism. In the denseness of reality it seems appropriate to be a little crass. I craft narrative from these contemporary hypocrisies, and poke fun at myself for obsessing over home design blogs and cats. As an idiosyncratic collector, Im looking for evidence of this female culture obsessed with kitsch, men, and cute to compose my sculptures and prints.
The prints are snapshots. Alone, they are one-liners, and together a complex commentary on the long now. I invite my viewer to consider the riddles between what they see and what is missing.
About the artist Katie VanVliet works as a printmaker and sculptor in Philadelphia, PA. She founded BYO Print, a collective studio for printmaking in 2009, to provide an affordable, accessible printshop, with the mission to keep artists printing on their own time within a reasonable budget. Currently, she works at BYO Print, making art or facilitating others to do the same. When she's not at the printshop, she's obsessing over her cute cat and her cute husband, both named Sam, coincidentally.