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Katie Claiborne
Chattanooga, Tennessee

University of Tennessee Chattanooga,
Adjunct Faculty

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For me, painting is an act rooted in empathy. It demands something intimate, something specific. It demands that I call on the memory of my own physicality, and psychology in order to find places of connection between the person I am painting and myself.

I work with the same models for an extended time, making multiple paintings. As I work I am thinking about intimacy, exposure, and vulnerability. I aim to create dense spaces which, because of subtle color shifts, emerge slowly as the viewer's eyes adjust. The slow spaces of the paintings are a visual metaphor for the relationship that slowly develops between myself and my model.

The tension between physical closeness and accessibility becomes crucial in painting these portraits. The point of view I employ places the viewer physically close to the subject, however, the paintings demand an amount of work on the part of the viewer, that defies notions of immediacy.



born: 1980, Chattanooga, Tennessee


University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MFA 2008
East Tennessee State University, BFA 2003

selected awards/honors

Greensboro Artist Hub Grant, United Arts Council of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, 2009
Nominee, Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, 2008
Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2007

selected publications

Painting Center, Brooklyn, NY, Grey Matter, 2011
New Delta Review: Volume 26, 2009

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Recent Work, Waterworks Visual Art Center, Salisbury, NC, 2011
Recent Paintings and Drawings, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC, 2010
Windows: Recent Paintings and Drawings, Theater Art Gallery, Highpoint, NC, 2009
Recent Paintings, Center for Visual Artists, Greensboro, NC, 2007

selected group shows

Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, 2011
Grey Matter, The Painting Center, NYC, 2011
The Beauty for Ashes Salon, curated by Pablo Helguera for Undercurrents: Experimental Ecosystems in Recent Art, Sponsored by The Whitney ISP. The Kitchen, NYC, 2010
This Body, Mazamanian Gallery Framingham, MA, 2009


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