In a Venn diagram my work occupies a space where painting, sculpture and craft intersect. An obsessive focus on color and composition are taken from my formal training as a painter. My paintings became sculptures when I began constructing compositions out of things instead of paint because I needed to touch, push and pull the forms more physically than with just a brush. Often those things are craft materials used with techniques like sewing, beading and weaving. This a language I learned as a child in West Virginia from my mother who knit and sewed. Whether my work takes the form of a drawing, paint, sculpture, weaving or installation, the pieces I make as eccentric abstraction. They are constructed from everyday objects and materials, but are transformed into elaborate ornamental forms.
I use the shapes of beads as building blocks or strips of ribbons and their colors as paints. I am devoted to creating an unlikely beauty in my work with a mash-up of styles from process art, craft, post-minimalism and ornamental and biomorphic abstraction. My work engages the tension within the physical forms and the stylistic contradictions while holding onto a sense of formality through a dedication to line, color, and composition.
Katherine Daniels' beaded sculptures, weaving, and site-specific installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including throughout New York City, at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ and in "To Weave Dreams", at Miniartextil, Le Bellfroi Art Center in Montrouge, France. Her awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting, the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award for Public Art, two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Manhattan Creative Communities Grants, and selection as a participant in the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace. She has also received studio grants from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. PS 122, the Henry Street Settlement, and ChaShaMa. Daniels earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and a M.F.A from Johnson State College in Vermont. Born in Idar Oberstien Germany, she was raised in Huntington West Virginia and currently lives and works in New York City.