Katie Ford

Katie Ford: Ways of Seeing, However Undefined

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Your name/age:

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What brought you to where you live:

I'm from the Midwest and originally came to the Hudson Valley in 2010 for an internship. After some years away, the area pulled me back in 2016.

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What's your favorite color:

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What's your favorite place:

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Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

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Name three of your favorite books:

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde

Wanderlust, Rebeca Solnit

Terre des Hommes (Wind, Sand, and Stars), Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

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How do you identify as an artist:

I identify as an artist in that making artwork is the most expressive and self-aligning action I know.

it's both communication and necessary self-care.

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What was a pivotal project, person or experience that shaped your practice:

In 2011, I had one of my first residency experiences at Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC. Being there kind of cracked my mind open about what a fully art-centered community could look like, and having that concentrated time showed me how much light and satisfaction I could feel in that.

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

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What are key elements or constant in your practice:

My work tends to explore ideas around how emotions form landscapes that exist in parallel to our physical movements and experiences.

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What are your current interests and inquiries as an artist:

I'm currently very interested in the expressive qualities of color and light. I'm also finding my way back to 3D and installation work. It's exciting to shift between creating an experience on paper, then in space.

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What do you see as the value of art:

Art prompts new ways of seeing and considering.

It instigates and invites questions, however undefined.

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Which artists inspire you/ why:

So many! Two longtime inspirations are Ann Hamilton and Jessica Stockholder.

In different ways, they both transform spaces in unexpected ways, creating their own logic of objects + landscape.

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What is an artist:

I think Beth Pickens wrote that an artist is someone for whom making is necessary to sense of self. This really resonated with me.

it's a way of processing and translating the world.

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What's next for you as an artist:

I'm working on some small pieces that will be popping up at Minna (in Hudson) in May with Paige Simpson. I'm also in some planing for new projects out of Gleamer, my clothing side project. Otherwise, just excited to delve more into installation and object-making!

Images c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Images c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

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What has been a victory for you as an artist:

An ongoing victory is simply having a studio practice that I trust and that consistently energizes me. Studio days are my best days, and it's rewarding to know where to find my center.