Katie Knoeringer, Maker 4, detail

Draw/Cut

Katie Knoeringer
Summer Artist in Residence

August 4-September 24
Gallery 1

When we take time to observe spaces and the people who inhabit them, we have an opportunity to see unique shifts occur that can remind us of our own impact on the world. Kentucky-based artist Katie Knoeringer’s large scale painted collages are celebrations of the persistent beauty inherent in our human presence and examine how artists and makers in particular, provide insight into the transformational nature of our existence. 

Knoeringer’s process begins with observation and drawing. She travels mostly by bike or on foot, modes of transport that enable a heightened awareness of her surroundings and her presence within them. This self-awareness is foundational to her work and the way in which she hopes viewers interact with it, “I want to tell a story that others can see themselves inhabiting.”  While the figures in her detailed gestural drawings are actual people in particular spaces, the corresponding collages emphasize shape, color, and composition resulting in an abstracted yet representational view. The path from drawing to collage involves painting large swatches of paper in a bright multi-hued palette and cutting them into shapes that are pasted in place to create the final composition. Through this process of abstraction, the viewer is able to imagine themselves within the depicted space and engaged in the activities Knoeringer portrays while simultaneously capturing a specific moment in time and the essence of her subjects at work. 

During her residency at Artspace, Knoeringer spent five weeks meeting and observing artists in their studios. The resulting drawings and collages are a celebration of artists, their processes, and their impact on the world around us.

I want to tell a story that others can see themselves inhabiting.

Katie Knoeringer, Maker 1

Since 1999, Artspace has hosted our Summer Artist in Residence Program in our Gallery One. This month-long residency provides funding, studio space and professional support for an artist to produce a solo exhibition immediately following the residency at Artspace. A unique aspect of the residency is that the artist uses the exhibition space as their studio during the residency period.

l-r: Katie Knoeringer, Maker 2; Adriana

Katie Knoeringer is originally from NJ. She now lives and works in Kentucky and teaches drawing at Murray State University. Knoeringer received her MFA from Louisiana State University and her BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She has exhibited at venues including House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY; Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz, KY; and  Glassell Gallery at Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA.