KATELYN GRANT

 

 ANOUNCEMENT (JANUARY 2021)

In the summer of 2020, I found that I was struggling not having a sustainable studio space and was missing my art practice a lot. I was thinking of ways to combat this issue mid-pandemic and decided that I needed to regain my joy of painting in a transportable, useful and shareable way. 

I decided to set up my shop, Chromatica Garden on Instagram & Etsy as a way to sell and showcase hand-painted plant pots, and now more recently hand-painted wooden earrings. I have found such pleasure and happiness that I didn't expect before last year in creating these little works. From the start I valued accessibility, sustainability (mostly!) and most importantly a personal touch as each piece is unique. I'm really proud of everything that has happened so far with this venture and I feel so encouraged by everyone who has supported me so far.


I will be back to my normal painting habits soon, but in the meantime, I hope you can share in this happiness too. Thank you! 

 
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Katelyn is a Scottish painter who lives and works in Edinburgh and is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art (2020). Her work has been used and seen in collaborative Biennales and performances as well as in renowned art-spaces that promote inclusivity and utilises themes that touch on important questions around ecological and socio-cultural sustainability. 


Her artwork for the project "Judge in a Feather Boa" entails transforming parts of vehicles that are consigned to a scrap heap into eye-catching and often garish re-workings of their primary purposes. This is done in the form of painting, using tawdry craft materials such as neon vinyl, glitter and other boldly coloured symbolism, showcasing both the necessity for glamour in vehicle representation, but also distracting and brazen, disrespectful environments to quietly dying objects. By removing them from this de-commissioned context, they almost find themselves to be in another life just through the movement of dying itself.


 It also aims to critique the personalisation of our transport and questions the value of everyday machines when facing the end of functional life, as this melancholic iconicism and characterisation act as a diary affixed to the surface of the vehicle, honing in on this shrine of selective beauty; one that sees past a car’s designated commission. They start to explore time, entropy, ceremony, popular culture and a poetic outlook on obsolescence in everyday life.

 
 
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RESEARCH REPORT

Judge In A Feather Boa

 
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ART PRACTICE PORTFOLIO

My research mainly responds to the ways that scheduled obsolescence is a valid part of modern day ecological processes; the breaking-down of common objects in everyday life. I spent a long time investigating attachments and connections to personal items whose materiality is expected to degrade and become useless (or de-commissioned). This idea can be found in many current TV programmes such as Rhythm & Flow (2019) and many docu-series’ such as DJ Mehdi's 2006 music video for Signatune , focusing on car-culture, i.e. the types of people involved, status and emotional investment of personal objects: in my exploratory case, cars. Artists such as Roger Hiorns have given me the confidence to understand that “dominant objects” such as cars are never too obnoxious to work with. I’ve also been actively engaged with themes around entropy; the escalation of chaos in naturally building dis-order; how nature always prevails over clean inferences by the human aesthetic. Due to these endeavours, I highlight the commonly forgotten and present ceremonious ‘stages’ for the objects to have a new lease of life. To balance this, I have been exploring how to interact with their didactic purpose; how to deal with and represent the ecological consequence of cars. The inclusion of Audi was one of the first paths I took when my work naturally gravitated to the mechanical world. I was interested in the company as a whole; their ethos, consistency and manifesto reflecting ecological needs. After a visit to Berlin (where the history of the Auto-Union is still rife within Germany), I was able to form a coherent historical storyline that used to begin abstracting into my work (i.e. how the bold symbol of car logos often have meanings). I played with stretching out the logo to form links, making it my own brand in a way. They represent a rise from the old, taking a new direction and growing again. 

Through the process of both digital and physical drawings & proposals, I have been able to imagine how large objects will be differently placed in the real world without needing to use the substantial labour to place them. My investigations have included the experimentation of materials; casting in plaster and painting on isolated vehicle metal with paints that create the highest, gloss shine, also adding to the more tawdry effect of glitter on metal surfaces; it adds satirical value onto the critique of graffitied high-powered (and well designed) machines. This creates the works exhibitionist value, no longer a functioning part, but a chrysalis of museum-grade resting state.

 

Past Exhibitions

  • Tue, Oct 27
    https://www.void-collective.com/exhibitions
    Oct 27, 2020, 7:00 PM
    https://www.void-collective.com/exhibitions
    ‘The New Black’ is an online exhibition of work by 27 artists and is curated by Void Collective. Featuring painting, photography, print-making, objects and video, the works in this exhibition all respond to ‘The New Black’, a titled borrowed from Darian leader’s 2009 publication. ‘There is a thread
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  • Wed, Sep 09
    https://www.instagram.com/alt_d.show/
    Sep 09, 2020, 8:51 PM
    https://www.instagram.com/alt_d.show/
    The alternative 2020 graduate showcase for, and by, ECA students
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  • Sat, Sep 05
    Hawick
    Sep 05, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Hawick, Zembla Gallery
    "THIS IS TOMORROW CALLING (wishing you were here)" hosted by Zembla Gallery & Alt-D.
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  • Thu, Jul 23
    https://www.artsthread.com/portfolios/judge
    Jul 23, 2020, 7:00 PM
    https://www.artsthread.com/portfolios/judge
    THE LAUNCHPAD FOR EMERGING ARTISTS & DESIGNERS BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN EDUCATION & INDUSTRY
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  • Mon, Jul 06
    https://www.artsy.net/artist/katelyn-grant
    Jul 06, 2020, 7:00 PM
    https://www.artsy.net/artist/katelyn-grant
    Organized by SHIM Art Network with support from The Social Distance Art Project, UK | Hosted by SHIM Art Network
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  • Fri, Jul 03
    https://www.degreeshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/2020/ka
    Jul 03, 2020, 7:00 PM
    https://www.degreeshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/2020/ka
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  • Sat, Mar 28
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B-UIOEfj9Z2/
    Mar 28, 2020, 7:00 PM
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B-UIOEfj9Z2/
    Collaboration with Maddy Williamson (@that_neo_colourbish)
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  • Fri, Mar 20
    https://www.pscp.tv/SHIFT_ibpcpa/1dRKZQrkjr
    Mar 20, 2020, 7:00 PM
    https://www.pscp.tv/SHIFT_ibpcpa/1dRKZQrkjr
    Curated by Ayshia Taskin [ayshia.co.uk] and (SHIFT: The International Biennale of Performance, Collaborative and Participatory Arts)
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  • Tue, Feb 18
    Edinburgh Audi
    Feb 18, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Edinburgh Audi, 4 Bankhead Dr, Edinburgh EH11 4EJ, UK
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  • Thu, Feb 13
    10 DESIGN Edinburgh
    Feb 13, 2020, 7:00 PM
    10 DESIGN Edinburgh, 1st Floor, 132 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4AH, UK
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  • Mon, Oct 21
    Edinburgh College of Art
    Oct 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DF, UK
    Part of “We Respect Your Privacy?” [WAS Biennale]. Curated by Ayshia Taskin [ayshia.co.uk]
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  • Wed, Feb 27
    The Dundas Street Gallery
    Feb 27, 2019, 7:00 PM
    The Dundas Street Gallery, 6 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ, UK
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  • Mon, Dec 17
    The Caves
    Dec 17, 2018, 7:00 PM
    The Caves, 8-10 Niddry St S, Edinburgh EH1 1NS, UK
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  • Mon, Dec 10
    Lauriston Building
    Dec 10, 2018, 7:00 PM
    Lauriston Building, Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9EN, UK
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  • Jan 18, 2018, 7:00 PM
    The Caves, 8-10 Niddry St S, Edinburgh EH1 1NS, UK
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  • Tue, May 02
    DOK Artist Space
    May 02, 2017, 7:00 PM
    DOK Artist Space, The Steel Shed, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, UK
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Katelyn is a Scottish painter who lives and works in Edinburgh and a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art (2020). Her work has been used and seen in collaborative Biennales and performances as well as in renowned art-spaces that promote inclusivity and utilises themes which touch on important questions around ecological and socio-cultural sustainability.

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