Katie Vota is a Chicago-based artist working to create interactive environments and sculptural objects that engage the viewers in ideas of play, desire, pleasure, power exchange, and the roll of the active body in shaping identity. She received her BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art (magna cum laude) in 2010, before taking a year-long position as Properties Assistant for Meadow Brook Theatre (season ’10-’11). Katie was awarded a US Student Fulbright Grant (’11-’12) to study traditions of Andean Back-strap Weaving and Natural Dyeing in Cusco, Peru, with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. She has exhibited in numerous juried and solo shows, including the four-person invitational “Under Construction” at the Indianapolis Art Center, and the solo exhibition “Borderlands” at the Leroy Neiman Center Gallery at SAIC. She is currently a Lenore Tawney Foundation Scholar, completing her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies.
After Party 2014 50" x 60" Mono-printed screen print pair hung with hand-twisted rubber rope, as seen during the "Newest Wrinkle" exhibition at Spudnik Press in Chicago, IL
After Climbing the Monument, 2014 Sculpture Folding screen with wood frames, paint and pearlescent pigment, re-purposed rubber (yarn)
Free Weight 2.0, 2015 Sculpture with re-purposed rubber, found rocks Left: 8"x25"x3" Right: 6"x16"x4.5" Performance-based object-- concerned with strength, defiance, utility and ingenuity.
In-Progress Performance "Stage" 2015 10'x12' Hand-cut Mylar curtain, purple Pilates flooring, with the "Muff" standing in as a reclining performer.
Homemade Fitness Fun, 2015, faux-workout demo video utilizing sculptural objects