Dialogue With Katharine Umsted and Kylie Heidenheimer (Exhibition photos below)



On the occasion of the solo exhibition Katharine Umsted, Recent Sculpture and Works on Paper  at The Upstate Studio, Hudson, New York. Friday, July 31st - August 2nd, 2016 (Extended to Sunday, August 8th)



Curated by Kylie Heidenheimer



KH


You mentioned the Sandy Hook shootings and children’s spirits rising to the heavens in connection with your new work. The pieces are made from children’s clothing and airily suspend from the ceiling. Your earlier BREAST PLATE, SHIELDS and ARMOR works are about protection and vulnerability. These concerns certainly apply here. Do they remain primary motivations in the making of the pieces?  


KU


Yes, motivations for this work still comes from those places. The ARMOR series is about the futility of efforts we take to protect ourselves from death. It is made out of stupid materials; paper, ribbon strips, plaster and gauze. These things are not going to protect anyone. Additionally, the metal hardware shows a tough outer appearance, but has sharp, dangerous elements facing inward toward the wearer.


KH


The BREAST PLATE and CHAIN MAIL DRESS series were created using mannequins. Accordingly, I see the pieces in part as being about archetypes and symbols. The current work does not seem to build on these kinds of elements. It also does not seem to reflect the polar tact of your TIARA series where you place finished wire works in the middle of Broadway in order for trucks to flatten them! Can you describe what led to this current direction? It seems to be about neither establishing or smashing symbols and archetypes.


KU


I think of the current work as oscillating back and forth between the personal and the general. The Tiaras are in a way, related to the clothing pieces. When I first started making the Tiaras, I was thinking about little girls fantasizing that they were princesses. Reality then knocks the tiaras off their heads. The Breast Plates were as you say, formed on mannequins. No way was I going to use my body!!! Initially they were whole, but later pieces were cut open. The most recent Shields, which have targets on the front, are totally beaten up. But on the inside, there is fluffy pink or lavender fabric. With the Chain Mail dresses I originally made them with my body in mind, and they were meant to hang flat. They were small shapeless rectangles at first, so I kept tweaking the pattern until I got a sexy, girly outline. They end up as “come hither” but ready for danger.  And, again, the “chain mail” is not actually joined metal rings but pink or lavender curling ribbon that is sprayed with silver paint.  


KH


So the minimizing of archetypes in the new work is a move away from a focus on what might be considered humanity and its traits and a move toward the personal and possibly also the political?


KU


I think the new work is more personal. The landscape drawings are of a place where I lived as a kid. I went back a few years ago, and absolutely all signs of human life on our family’s farm were gone. The house and barns were razed and nature had reclaimed everything. I think of my watercolor target pieces as bruises. They are hung vertically and mirror the shape of a torso. Politically speaking, I think when I believe I am making things from a personal standpoint, they in turn mirror our vulnerable place in the world, as a country and as humans, politically and environmentally. 


Katharine Umsted was born in Rhode Island and raised in South Carolina and Illinois. She currently lives and works in New York City and Hudson, New York. She holds a BA from The College of Charleston and MFA from the School of Visual Arts.


Kylie Heidenheimer is a painter who lives and works in New York City and Hudson, New York.


Contact Information:


Katharine Umsted  umstedart[at]hotmail[dot]com, 212.666.6989, www.kumsted.com


Kylie Heidenheimer  kylieheidenheimer[at]gmail[dot]com, 917.804.3246, www.kylieheidenheimer.com


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