The universal thread that sustains my studio practice is the desire to more deeply understand and explore my own humanity—my work allows me to ask questions that words seem unable to pose. I have been fascinated with the human form from as early as I can remember. The majority of my earliest drawings and paintings from childhood are figurative: family portraits and self-portraits. By age 4, I was determined to become an artist.
The fragmented self-portraits I’ve painted serve as means to process self-image, body-image, the materiality of the body, and the misconstrued beliefs and values that explicitly plague the feminine and the female body. My other works often suggest and allude to human existence and experience—through themes of memory, time, and place: found images, text, handwriting, assemblage, juxtaposition, and poetry.
Katie Wolff is a South Dakota based artist currently pursuing a BFA in Studio Art at Black Hills State University. Her artistic practice is multidisciplinary, including painting, printmaking, and mix media. Inspiration for her work ultimately comes from her curiosity and fascination with humanity and the underlying question of what it means to be human. In addition, feminist philosophy and art has highly influenced Katie's thinking and ultimately, her artwork. The majority of her paintings are figurative, exploring the archaic, historical, and modern understandings of the feminine identity and the female body. Other works often abstractly relate or draw connections to the human body or human experience through themes of place, time, and memory.
Katie has participated in numerous exhibitions in the Northern Black Hills Region. She was the first-place recipient of the 2019 Community Exhibition at the Mathew’s Opera House Gallery in Spearfish, SD. She has been highly involved in community art projects in the Northern Black Hills region where she completed an internship with the Fine Arts Department at BHSU to design, create, and install a community mural in Spearfish, SD in 2019. She was invited to judge the 2019 statewide South Dakota High School Art Competition with a panel of artists and educators from around South Dakota. Katie presented her artistic research at the 2019 BHSU Research Symposium and was accepted to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in 2020. In March of 2020, Katie accepted the position of Art Education Coordinator for the Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, SD. At the Dahl, Katie oversees the Education Department's programming, community outreach, and Emerging Visual Artist Gallery, while also teaching youth art classes.