Katie Donovan is a third year MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), focusing on drawing and performance art. Katie was a recipient of SIUE's Competitive Graduate Award in 2015 and has shown in several galleries in the St. Louis area, including Central Studio and the Cathy Gregory Gallery. She received the Laumeier Sculpture Award from juror and UMSL 210 Gallery Director Terry Suhre in the 2017 SIUE Annual Student Juried Exhibition Show and the SIUE Wendy Petit Gay Memorial Scholarship in 2017. Katie resides in the greater St. Louis area.
I primarily cultivate two distinct manifestations of work: drawing and performance. To my mind, these practices are parallel to each other and while they occasionally spill in and out of each other’s spheres, they do not have a dependent relationship. This parallelism in practice is itself a reflection on the consideration of illusion and epistemology (the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion) in my work.
My performance work typically involves limited materials and asks for some participation on the viewer’s part. These pieces usually begin with a set of rules that are explained by the performer and the piece is given a specific time limit. This induces scenarios or happenings, dictated by the time limit and parameters given. These scenarios are designed to make the viewer inspect what and how they assess truth or reality. For example, in Maya and Vera: An Effigy, the audience is presented with two sets of personal narratives, each referencing seven specific events. The events correlate by date, but often the personal narratives in one set contradict or fail to match up with the other. This lack of consistency forces the audience to ask if one set of narratives held more truth than another or if a consideration of both sets would paint a more “accurate” narrative.
To create two-dimensional work is to be an illusionist; the artist literally creates the illusion of three-dimensionality in a two-dimensional format. My drawings play off of a motion from highbrow to lowbrow and vice versa. Often my drawings reference books and texts with connotations of accuracy or legitimacy such as scientific botanical illustration and illuminated manuscripts. These references are paired with text forms of personal traumatic narratives or contemporary concerns, such as climate change denial and the psychological and sociological methods at play within advertisement. Similar to the personal narratives in Maya and Vera: An Effigy, the consistency and lack of consistency between the imagery and text in these drawings force the viewer to reassess what they believe to be “accurate” and what kind of accuracy exists within the work. This reassessment has the potential to provoke a further consideration of how we make sense of what we believe in our day-to-day existence.
MFA College of Arts & Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2018
BA College of Arts & Sciences, Studio Art, Saint Louis University, 2010
Department of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Instructor of Record, 2016
2015 ‘Two Faced Men,’ Central Studio, St. Louis, Missouri
2017 ‘2017 Annual Contemporary Art Survey,’ The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado. Juror: Zoe Larkins, Associate Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
‘Louis’s Legacy: Artists Respond to Louis Sullivan,’ Edwardsville Art
Center, Edwardsville, Illinois. Curator: Brigham Dimick, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
‘Annual Juried Student Show,’ Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois. Juror: Terry Suhre, Director of UMSL 210 Gallery
2016 ‘Annual Juried Student Show,’ Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois. Juror: Cheryl Wassenaar, Chair of Undergraduate Design, Sam Fox School, Washington University
‘MFA Pop Up Show,’ Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois
2015 ‘Skin: Figurative Art,’ Cathy Gregory Gallery
St. Louis, Missouri
‘Group Exhibition,’ Art Bar, St. Louis, Missouri
2017 ‘In the Raw: The Sketchbook Considered,’ Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, Illinois
2017 Wendy Petit Gay Memorial Scholarship, SIUE
Sculptors at Wagner Award, SIUE
2015 Competitive Graduate Award, SIUE
2016 Speaker, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Saint Louis University
2015 Speaker, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Saint Louis University
2017 Edwardsville Intelligencer, “Peeking into an artist’s world,” April 29, 2017, http://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Peeking-into-an-artists-world- 11108756.php
Create! Magazine, May 2017 Issue Feature, Curated by Sandra Apperloo, creator and writer for “Artistic Moods”
Belleville News Democrat, “SIUE Student’s Response to Louis Sullivan Work Chosen for Exhibition,” February 21, 2017, http://www.bnd.com/news/local/education/article133988529.html
2016 The Jealous Curator, “katie lochhead,” November 24, 2016,
2014 St. Louis Magazine, “Seven Questions With Artist Katie Lochhead”