at Keep Contemporary
142 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM
November 15 - December 15, 2019
©2019 Katie O'Sullivan, Footprints Deep Within, 42x36
KEEP Contemporary Announces Solo Exhibition for
Santa Fe Painter Katie O’Sullivan
Santa Fe, NM : Katie O’Sullivan’s provocative paintings challenge typical notions of feminine beauty. Gritty yet enchanting, her self-assured figures are outward expressions of innermost feelings. Struggles, joys and fears are exposed through abstract mark making, earthy color palettes and shadowy forms; the resulting figures are primitive and animalistic yet retain their femininity with exaggerated anatomy and sensuality. Full of wonder, drama, sadness and bliss, O’Sullivan’s paintings are exalted visions of the female experience.
For her upcoming solo exhibition at KEEP Contemporary, "Just Beyond the Horizon,” O’Sullivan presents a series of paintings with mythical female figures who embrace their uniqueness as tools of power and strength. Decorated horns are painted or carved with various cultural symbols, while exposed bodies are a conglomeration of animal and human forms. In addition to her typical wrapped canvases, O’Sullivan will present a series of framed raw canvases that have been stitched and frayed for added texture.
“These paintings are about connecting to your primal strength and inner knowing, particularly as it’s related to the female experience,” says O’Sullivan. “But in order to make that connection and truly tap into ourselves, we have to come back to nature and shut out all the noise. These paintings are about reclaiming that inner voice that’s often just barely out of reach.”
“Just Beyond the Horizon” opens with an Artist Reception at KEEP Contemporary on Friday, November 15th from 5-8pm. The show will remain on display at the gallery through December 15th.