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.
Katherine Daniels has been awarded a Puffin Foundation Grant, a Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award for Public Art, and two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Manhattan Creative Communities Grants, all for the creation of site-specific installations throughout New York City. She has received studio grants from Chashama, PS.122, the Henry Street Settlement, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. Daniels was selected as a participant in Artist in the Market Place (AIM) at the Bronx Museum and was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in Painting. Daniels' was born in Idar Oberstien Germany and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. She holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Johnson State College.