Katie Wild

"We all put on facades and are pushed to conform to ideals around us, particularly in today’s generations. I utilize the innate symbology of color to expound upon the spectrum of human nature’s most vibrant vices. Using myself as a model for my reference photos, I create new aliases, which break certain molds of social construction, especially those of a young woman. I also defy conventional oil portrait painting by using nontraditional surfaces. Each figure pushes the boundaries of two and three dimensions, challenges preconceptions of beauty and morality, and struggles against hierarchy through various forms of relational aesthetics. The complexities of a single moment in time are captured to confront the viewers’ own priorities in that experiential moment."

Katie Wild’s striking, cinematic paintings transform the tradition of figure and portraiture to achieve a contemporary understanding of the human condition. Her multimedia approach embraces the superficial adornments we use to present ourselves. Much of Wild’s work deals with the transparency of character and the revelation of social impressions, both superficial and submerged. Wild received an MFA from UMass Dartmouth, a Post-Baccalaureate from SMFA/TUFTS, and a BFA with honors from UConn with a concentration in Illustration and Painting. She currently works out of Pawtucket, RI.