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FRESH Artist Profile: Katy Mixon

FRESH Feature

Find out more about Katy Mixon, one of 27 artists juried into the FRESH exhibition at Artspace.


My paintings move between forms in a regenerative studio process as my practice pivots on a system of tillage. After applying numerous layers of oil to panel, I carve paint away revealing a surface complexity that is slowly built through nuanced repetition. The harvested chips of paint are the seeds for new work. And, the graft from one painting morphs into the next, as a body in the act of becoming; it is both dying and procreating. The work is grounded in a primal, pared-down aesthetic that reflects my sense of the world as an ensemble of repetitions and variations of our habits and habitations. They are earthly but unnatural, bodily but defiled. Instead of plenty, the carved marks also begin to represent loss. As a product of their environment, the works are about how where you come from can become you are. Like the evidence of terroir in wine or tomatoes, each painting reveals its relationship with place as a tangible lens for impermanence.

When the Watermelon Queen Was King

When the Watermelon Queen Was King

Originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina, Mixon is influenced by time spent in her family’s seed warehouse as well as the Southern Gothic fiction of Flannery O’Connor. She completed a BA in Studio Art at Davidson College, NC, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Fun Fact!

Katy can juggle!

Don’t miss these upcoming FRESH events:

FRESH Opening – First Friday, June 5th, 6 – 10pm: Juried show opening, free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion – June 11th, 6 – 8pm: An opportunity for participating artists to meet and greet with juror Cora Fischer, SECCA and guests.

Closing Reception – June 25th, 6 – 8pm: Join us for a closing reception to thank the artists and other supporters of this exhibition.

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