My work is an illustration of the personal and the universal; a merging of the idealization I understood as a child and its contradicting reality. I'm interested in nostalgia; but the meaning of that word has changed. Recently discussed in 1800s 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 Today we toss the term around haphazardly, attaching it to cartoons we watched as kids and out-of-date trends, but that doomed feeling associated with the unrequited longing remains present.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.