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Katie VanVliet

Artist Statement // Found and collected materials are the main component of my work - graphic elements of prints and physical building blocks of sculptures and installations. Leftovers of daily routines that accumulate over time and collections of those I hold dear have always been the sources of my practice. Collections of used tea bags become quilted paper. Eggshells are repaired from the morning’s breakfasts. Endless numbers of no.11 knife blades become new absurd tools. These constantly increasing multiples serve as tally marks of the days’ passing. The specimen as both the multiple (a remainder of routine) and as an individual (a foraged treasure) weaves narrative through the work that is both extremely autobiographical, yet familiar to many.

Bio // Katie VanVliet (she/her) is a sculptor and printmaker practicing from her home studio in Elkins Park and at BYO Print in Philadelphia. She studied fine arts at Moore College of Art & Design before co-founding BYO Print in 2010; BYO Print is a collective studio for emerging and established independent printmakers. She was a resident at Vermont Studio Center in 2017 and the 2018-2019 printmaker in residence at Cheltenham Arts Cener. She occasionally teaches workshops about using reclaimed objects in an art practice, and teaches non-toxic printmaking at Cheltenham Arts Center. 

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