Untitled, by Katy Horan.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Computers for Youth.
Katy Horan makes paintings and drawings that explore a range of interests including (but definitely not limited to) Victorian femininity, mourning practices, historical dress and female archetypes. She works to bring these sometimes disparate sources of inspiration together in heavily detailed and often ambiguous images.
She received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. Since then, her work has been shown in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Toronto and published in a number of art books including The Exquisite Book and Drawn In, as well as in magazines such as Juxtapoz and New American Paintings. From Houston, Tx, she now lives in Austin, Tx with her husband and two dogs. She is currently working on future exhibitions, and hopes to some day illustrate a book or two.
About the print:
I love ghosts, always have. From time to time, a ghost will just show up somewhere in my work, regardless of whatever subject that I am working with at the time. I have collected a number of images of Victorian spirit photography and seances that I just keep around and those directly informed this piece. I thought I might do an entire series like this. I may still some day, but for now this is the only one.
This print is available in multiple sizes. It was digitally signed by the artist. The 8x10 and 11x14 prints are numbered by The Working Proof. Learn more here.
What has inspired you recently?
I am working on some images inspired by victorian widows and mourning practices, but these will probably be the last on that subject. I am also working on some pieces about female fear/hysteria. They are inspired mainly by the victorian figure of the hysterical woman and classic horror stories. I like that all my new characters are in some level of distress or horror, but some are dealing with terrors that are external while other's are internal.
Why did you choose to pair with Computers for Youth with your print?
I chose Computers for Youth because I believe every child regardless of where they live or how much money their family has deserves an equal shot at education.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
OMG Kiki Smith! I am a huge fan, and am not afraid to geek out about it. I love the way she moves so fluently between drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Her work is often about female figures and archetypes and I love the way she will create multiple variations of one character. Plus she just seems like the kind of lady you could just sit around with drinking tea and talking about witches.
Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Stephanie Chambers makes wonderful paintings of nature, Sara Vanderbeek is an amazing portrait painter who is currently working on a huge series of portraits of artists with their work, Rachel Mosler makes beautifully ethereal paintings and drawings, Alex Lukas makes insane mixed media drawings of post apocalyptic cities and landscapes, and Alexis Mackenzie makes the most wonderfully delicate collages.