Katie Strader graduated with a BFA from Weber State University and is currently pursuing her MFA at the School Of Art Institute Of Chicago.
Through the use of layers and semi-transparent or organically shaped surfaces, I offer viewers the opportunity to embrace the fluidity of “being” and, hopefully, evoke a visceral connection to the work by defying the linear definition of a person or thing; or its Identity. “Identity” is classified as a noun and defined as a “fact of being”. But being what? A Female? A Mother? A Wife? An Artist? Daily we’re confronted with a world that functions almost entirely on titles, that try to define us and titles we try endlessly to define. But what happens if we re-frame our understanding of identity from a noun to a verb? Turn it into an action? Allow ourselves the freedom to change and grow. Does our ability to understand ourselves and others become more fluid and authentic? Perhaps, even cultivating empathy and stronger societal tolerance. This focus on the “act” of being as opposed to “fact” is reflected in my work. I ask the viewer to move past the immediacy of titles and experience a subject as a drawn out moment cradled within a space, striving to portray the honesty of a piece without limiting it to one discipline. These are active works that invite deeper interpretation of our efforts to understand ourselves and relate to others.