Expressive Patterns

Katie Dawe

The Eagle Nest Gallery is proud to announce the October exhibit “Expressive Patterns” by Katie Dawe. Katie Dawe is a Nazareth Area High School alumna and a current painting major at Marywood University. “Expressive Patterns” features a body of work merging patterns and portraits, abstract and representative in Dawe’s heavily saturated color schemes.

The Eagle Nest Gallery will host a reception to celebrate “Expressive Patterns”, including time to meet the artist, on Friday October 11, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. The artist will be on-site for an artist talk to celebrate the exhibit on Friday, October 18 from 1:45 to 2:30. 

“Expressive Patterns” will be on display October 1 through 31. Eagle Nest Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and during cultural events. The Eagle Nest Gallery is located in Nazareth Area High School on East Center Street. For more information, please call (610) 759-1730.

Katie Dawe Artist Statement 

My life as an artist started when I was seven. My parents signed me up for weekend art classes at the Baum School of Art in Allentown these classes are where I first discovered my love for art, and painting in particular. I continued with these classes for almost 12 years, but in the meantime I was a Nazareth student and took as many art classes as I could fit in my schedule. Starting with How to Draw and going all the way up to AP Art. I am now a student at Marywood University, majoring in painting and planning on getting a minor in art history.  
The series of work that I am showing is of what I call my pattern paintings, and while I have not included any of the early patterns, I did start experimenting with this idea the summer before my senior year of high school. The patterns started out much more loose than the current ones. At the time I had been going through a phase of artist block, and I decided that I was just going to start painting with no goal or subject. This resulted in patterns, but very simplified ones made of mostly stripes and dots.  I liked the patterns, but I have never really been into abstract work that does not have a clear subject. This lead me to think of some contemporary artists I had been seeing on Instagram. There were a few I followed that painted on top of collaged backgrounds, often using things like old wallpaper. I liked that idea and figured I could treat the patterns like a collage. I decided I would paint faces on top in a way that they did not break up the patterns, but worked with them almost like camouflage.

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