Katie Green

Featured Artist

Graduating with distinction from the University of Calgary’s BFA program, Katie’s work has exhibited in galleries such as Contemporary Calgary and The Nickle. Her burgeoning body of mural work can be seen internationally in Nepal, India, Florida, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Berlin and was undertaken both independently and in collaboration with a number of collectives, non-profit organizations and communities.

My practice addresses nature as a crossroad for developing concepts of growth, death, adaptation, cooperation, and perhaps most importantly, our emotional and physical selves. More than something to be understood and subjectified, for me nature is a space and opportunity for questioning.

What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?
That’s a tricky question. When I look back on some of the highlights of my career, I see more of an accumulation of moments and opportunities that all hold a significance. Some of the moments that have really helped me haven taken place while doing projects abroad. These are the moments in which I stepped outside of my comfort zone. Doing this can be terrifying, but has always left me with a feeling of expansion. Just recently I traveled for three months to Taiwan where I did a number of different projects including murals, puppetry, and community workshops all around the island. In 2013 I traveled to India and Nepal and did a series of mural projects with different organizations and communities. Last summer I spent 6 weeks in Berlin doing an artist residency. These experiences were monumental for me. I think it is important to step outside your creative rhythm into something unknown and unfamiliar.
What are you currently working on?
I currently just finished a massive public art installation with fellow artist daniel j kirk called The Imaginarium in an arts innovation centre called cSPACE. The installation is in their main four-storey stairwell! We experimented with some different materials combining mural work with sculptural elements.

I am heading to France this week to do a puppet workshop!

How did you get started as an artist/musician?
I suppose this question requires a definition of ‘starting’. Like when I used to make plasticine dog families or the first time someone bought a painting?
Who or what influences your art?
So many things. A walk down the street, a strange plant I have never seen before, stories, the natural world, a weird button you see in a store, patterned fabric, new materials, birds, things in repetition, thermoplastic, masks, costumes. I mean. It’s endless when you really get going. An artist I came across the other day has been entering my mind a lot lately. Her name is Elena Stonaker. Her costumes are incredible.
What is your creative process like?
It usually starts with a lot of research. I have been really trying to incorporate more ‘play’ into my practice – more freedom and less self judgement.
How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?
I think it is a great way to network and meet other communities. I think this is something artists are continually trying to do and opportunities like this are really helpful!

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