Katie VanVliet, Printmaking Sculpture Installation

My work is an interpretation of my understanding of my world; as I struggle between the idealized state I understood to be true as a child and how it contradicts the current state of our civilization. I'm interested in how we cope with what we are doing to the world, and how people understand their impact on it now and in the past.

My work is nostalgic; but the meaning of that word has changed. Recently discussed in 1800’s medical books, it was a category of disease, describing a ‘vehement desire’ to get home. Symptoms included loss of appetite, restlessness, and feelings of gloom. Today we toss the term around haphazardly, attaching it to cartoons we watched as kids and out-of-date trends, but that doomed feeling associated with the unrequited longing remains present. At what point can beauty and regret intertwine? My work is a search for this.

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.