artist: Katrina Whitney Item #: 1122992 Katrina Whitney was born in a suburb of Chicago and is the oldest of six children. She followed her Dutch immigrant father in his entrepreneurial pursuits through Illinois, Wisconsin and Utah, finally calling southern California home. All the uprooting made for a shy and solitary child. They often rented houses which bordered undeveloped lands and horse pastures where she investigated abandoned cabins and dilapidated houses with water-stained peeling wallpaper, inventing stories about the people who had once lived there. One of her neighbors invited her to ride their neglected appaloosa whenever she wanted, and the image of the horse and other animals have become recurring themes in her work. With a scholarship to the University of Utah, Katrina was able to take classes in printmaking, photography, poetry, creative writing, painting, drawing, installation art, and minimalist Japanese floral design (Ikebana). Her art contains relics of the past within a menagerie of animals, apparitions, and objects which capture the nostalgia of her formative experiences. Collage is not often a medium associated with minimalism, but she finds herself drawn to this aesthetic and tries to avoid the typical busy and sentimental pitfalls. The space that is left when she is finished with a piece is just as important as the spaces she has filled. Whether the content is kitschy and humorous, or somber and serious, it is her approach and techniques that give the work continuity. The treatments, paint colors, and found imagery may have an antique appeal, but the compositions are decidedly simple, clean and modern.
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