Katherine Gaff

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Artist Statement

My work focuses on the expression of emotional trauma through the examination of memories. I observe the aspects of my own female experience, contemplate my familial tragedies, and grapple with mental illness. Each memory is portrayed in a gesture, wrapped in a smooth skin, and broken apart to reveal the damage.

The human figure allows me to express ideas that are more easily recognizable. The pose reflects the particular gesture I myself adopted in those moments. Sculpted out of clay, my hands shape and mold each and every inch of my narrative as the piece takes shape. 

The desire to revisit my memories works as a therapeutic exercise for me. In creating each piece, I essentially place myself back within that moment, reshaping the details and presenting them to the world in my own image. This process of recollection allows me to come to terms with many traumatic events.


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