October Member Highlight: Katherine Sandoz
Artist Statement and Brief History
katherine sandoz captures color the way a lepidopterist captures a butterfly, the elegant catch and release. She’s comfortable with the fleeting, the jouncy, the scary mysterious. Her work spans many disciplines, but all of it feels stolen from a dream.
Beneath the seemingly unruly surfaces of sandoz’ work, one finds evidence of
the fields, fjords, forests and their inhabitants she studies so assiduously. As in nature, sandoz’ palette and application show reserve and ebullience simultaneously. The analyst and the artisan create a pas de deux on the canvas.
sandoz makes a practice of employing native, recycled, repurposed and up-cycled materials and playfully bonds them with conceptual twists and layered narratives. With her primary studio a 1940 red barn in Vernonburg, Georgia,
sandoz often works collaboratively, off-site and on creative teams world-wide.
sandoz’ paintings and fiber-based works have exhibited internationally. She also
creates portraits, art and installations for private clients as well as for fashion,
contemporary culture and lifestyle brands. She contributes to magazines and
online blogs with her quirky illustrations and writing. Throughout the year, she
also advocates for arts education and public art.
Her new series "october" is on display at Location Gallery, 417 Whitaker St, in historic downtown Savannah.
Conceived the week that Hurricane Matthew struck Savannah, and developed
over the last year, the works feature the landscapes and botanicals that thrive
regionally in October. Within the layers of paint, Sandoz folds concepts from
traditions and religions that have been historically practiced at the time of the
harvest moon and in the month of October throughout time.
Broadly speaking, the works celebrate the veil of natures small and large forces
and offers an exploration of its color, mystery and power.
A portion of sales will benefit A-Town Get Down which supports music and arts
creative programming nationally throughout the year.