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Katika

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Katika, creates around themes of contrast, transformation, the connection between humans, objects and ideas, the conflict between form and content, old and new, practical and impractical, rational and irrational. Katika’s art is informed by the abundance of creative energy and ideological chaos in the post-soviet territories, as well as by unique qualities of her medium of choice. By implementing an art language of her creation and using threads to represent the fabric of reality and all kinds of connections both piercing it and tying everything together, Katika embarks on a journey of self-discovery time and time again.

Katika’s world is filled with disconnected images, with longing for warmth and human connection, with reflections on the nature of fame, icons of the past and present day, with frail remnants of fame and greatness, represented with stray threads and fading colors. Taking advantage of crochet art, Katika uses the audience’s perception of crochet pieces as harmless, cozy, practical items of décor or clothing, to create a seeming contradiction between the form and the content of every piece. The feeling of frustration, felt by the audience, seeing impractical works of art under the guise of relatively practical handiwork, contributes to interpreting Katika’s works, which, be it conceptual series of works or individual pieces, are all connected with the common theme of untamed creative energy taking up familiar shapes.

The artist herself describes her creative process in such words: “I go farther and farther along my life path,reach out into chaos, pull a thread out of it and spool into an incredible skein and then create my art. Sometimes I make beautiful pieces. It does not have a practical use but exists to make your life brighter, to make amuse, and to captivate you. I should not be careless, because you feel angry and slow your pace.”

Bio

Katika is a contemporary artist and a graduate of Ural State University of Architecture and Art (2015). Born is Hungary in 1989, she moved several times in her childhood. Katika works primarily in the field of fiber art, looking into themes of human attachment, mysterious inner workings of individual and collective memory, the fate of cultural icons and their impact on pop-culture. She has had several solo shows and group shows both nationally and internationally. Among the selected solo shows are a show in Tokyo, Japan –Hitomaruichi Art Gallery (2014) –and shows in Yekaterinburg, Russia –Gallery of Modern Art (2012 and 2017) and art-studio “Vault” (2015).

The most prominent among the group shows are a yarn bombing installation in Tucson, AZ, USA –TMC for Children (2019), –two shows in Sydney, Australia –The William Street Gallery (2016 and 2017), –a show in Moscow, Russia –Izo Art Gallery (2017), –and two exhibitions “Night of Museums” in Yekaterinburg –Gallery of Modern Art (2012 and 2013). Katika’s works can be found in a number of private collections in the USA, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Australia, and other countries.

Katika’s art had been used as props during the shoots of a Russian TV series “Method” and as a design for an indie band’s album cover. Katika has contributed to charity events, collaborated with several artists and after five years of developing her own technique and an art language of her own aspires to do even more personal projects, based on the careful, introspective approach and post-modern interpretations of iconic images.

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Education:

Ural State University of Architecture and Art (USUAA) – Specialist – 2015

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2019    The Innovative Cultural Centre, “Ties”, Pervouralsk, Russia.

2017    Gallery of Modern Art, “We are all connected”; Yekaterinburg, Russia.

2016    “LES” café in the Museum of Moscow, “Affection”, Moscow, Russia.

2015    Gallery of Warmth, “Katika”, Yaroslavl, Russia.

2015    Art studio “Vault”, “Katika’s crochet portraits”, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

2014    Hitomaruichi Art Gallery, “Fragments of the face”, Tokyo, Japan.

2012    Gallery of Modern Art, “Chronicle of a modern factory”, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019    TMC for Children, “Yarnbombs”, Tucson, AZ, USA.

2019    W&P Gallery, “Sweater for electric-transformer house”, Moscow, Russia.

2017    The William Street Gallery, “Thread and Colour – 2”, Sydney, Australia.

2017    Izo Art Gallery, “Art Marathon”, Moscow, Russia.

2016    The William Street Gallery, “Thread and Colour”, Sydney, Australia.

2013    Gallery of Modern Art, “Night of Museums 2013” Yekaterinburg, Russia.

2013    Ural State University of Architecture and Art, Exhibition of students’ works, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

2012    Gallery of Modern Art, “Night of Museums 2012”, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

2011     Ural State University of Architecture and Art, Exhibition of students’ works, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

2010 – Ural State University of Architecture and Art, Exhibition of students’ works, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

 

Publications in printed editions :

“Painting in yarn”, Simply crochet, issue #72, 2018 , p. 52-53.

“We are all tied”, Russian Gallery XXI, issue #4, 2017, p. 46-51.

“With whom are you connected?”, Elite block, issue #6 (overall 124), June of 2015, p. 61-64

“Crochet Art”, Lena: handiwork, November of 2015, p. 25

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