About the Artist
Katie Southworth is an internationally recognized abstract artist and art educator currently based in Boston, MA. Originally from Darien Connecticut, she graduated from Colby College in Waterville Maine with Bachelors degrees in Studio Art and Psychology. She was the recipient of the Charles Hovey Pepper Prize for her body of work featured in the 2016 Senior Capstone Exhibition. She went on to receive her Masters in Teaching at the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts in May 2018.
In August of 2021, after three years of teaching, she decided to pursue her fine art career full time. Over 100 of her original works are in private collections across 40+ cities across the nation and abroad, including New York City, Miami, LA, The Hamptons, Edgartown, Canada, and more. Katie’s work has been featured in international publications including House & Garden UK, Vanity Fair London, and British Vogue. Her first solo show "Colorjoy" at New Canaan Gallery and Frame attracted over 300 people to Opening Night, and 10 pieces sold in total.
Follow her journey and get up to date information on her instagram @katiesouthworth_art.
This series puts an extra emphasis on the power of vertical line to lift our chins, spirits, hearts, and minds. This is a belief of mine that has been reinforced by a newfound love of practicing yoga. By more consistently focusing inward mentally, and stretching outward physically, I was inspired to literally add another dimension to my work. This is the first time I have worked with three dimensional elements. Altogether, the series is reminiscent of life’s out of body experiences that help new dimensions of possibility, peace, and personal growth emerge.
My work harnesses the power of color and light to promote mindfulness, joy, and mental well-being. I am inspired by emotions, memory, and the way my body responds to nature: especially water. Readings on modern day positive psychology, and other wellness activities in my daily life also play a large part in my inspiration for new pieces. Color is my language, and my practice is a constant study of color theory and relativity. My pieces are complete when my eyes can dance freely across the entire surface, from color to color. Once I achieve that, a color story, memory, or mood can emerge.
I title my pieces after I meditate on the colors, listen to the story, and decide if it relates more to a memory or to a vision for the future. This is why most of my work is titled after the person, place, feeling, or thing of which it most reminds me. My hope is that viewers feel welcome to do the same. Through this practice, I’ve found that my work exposes the truly personal nature of color as it relates to memory, hopes for our collective future, and culture.
I strive for harmonious fields of luxurious color and precise vertical line because I hope to create an uplifting, calming visual aid for meditation and intrinsic contemplation for viewers. To provide a moment of peace and pause for others, as it does for me. This higher purpose of my work is dedicated to my mother, Ellie. In honor of her, a percentage of all sales are donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA ⋅ Studio 412B
Are you in the Boston area? Come visit me in my studio! My studio is open the first Friday of every month from 5pm-9pm, most Sundays 12-4pm, and by appointment.
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