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Katherine Walton — Classy

Posted on June 9, 2012

Katherine Walton uses porcelain pots and pop culture imagery to tell a modern American story.

With pristine porcelain pots as my canvas I endeavor to answer my own questions concerning patriotism and the American dream. Compositions drawn from appropriated pop culture imagery narrate my surfaces. Seemingly incongruous things, like cowboys and thugs, coexist on the same picture plane in the hopes of telling our modern American story, and finding the value in the parts of our culture that are so easily written off. The stories revolve around the pot in a never-ending manner similar to TV sitcoms, once you think you have reached the end you find yourself back at the beginning. Craft, the world in which my work resides, is the perfect medium, as it too falls into the category of undervalued. As the craftsman, and maker of objects I put myself in the role of the 19th century unmarried middle class lady, partaking in one the few socially acceptable work-like activities. In drawing the stories, I am transformed into a teller of tall tales; one of the masses who perpetuates rumors and exaggerates truths. Stories and the emotions they force out of us are so powerful. I try to make that power glimmer in my work.

Katherine Walton studied a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


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