Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Meuser.
Katie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I think I have always been interested in art. I started taking art lessons when I was nine and continued until I was fourteen. I started out drawing wildlife and eventually took up watercolor and continued to practice wildlife with an abstract twist by eliminating details. I was fascinated in abstract art and how you can take away from the realistic element of an object and replace it with colors and movement, manipulating the viewer’s perception and yet allowing them to create their own concept of the object. I received my bachelors in Fine Arts and Humanity at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. It was there, I came up with my own style of painting by mixing water with acrylic and experimenting with different ratios of water to paint. I moved to South Korea shortly after I graduated and continued my art through live paintings and various exhibits in art and music venues. I was becoming less restrictive with the water enabling it to do its own “thing” and adding a natural element to my pieces. I moved to Chicago in 2015 and started showing in coffee shops and eventually galleries showcasing the continuous changes my style has evolved from as well as the free-flowing technique I have honed throughout the years.
Has it been a smooth road?
Being from Western Nebraska and attending a university there, I was deterred from abstract painting. There wasn’t really an outlet for me to practice the type of art I wanted to do and had to conform to styles and Ideals of the college.
I do believe that struggles and challenges help you grow as an artist and enables you to create something consequential. I took my struggle and turned it into my now signature style of controlling large amounts of water with acrylic and ink. My style is the classic struggle between following the rules and breaking free from control. I have learned in order to control these mediums I have to let go.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Katie’s Artwork story. Tell us more about it.
I am known for my style which is very fluid and organic with vibrant colors. I paint predominantly with water and acrylic and experiment with different ratios of the two mediums. I love playing with color an am always striving to come up with new and exciting color themes. Color is so important, it can provoke an emotional response to the viewer forming a strong connection to a piece without having a recognizable image. It’s all an experiment which makes it fun. Sometimes, you get a marbled effect if you don’t let a layer dry completely before adding the next layer, and sometimes, you come back and the water puddle that you swear was dry ran off the canvas. You can only control so much of it and it will always continue to surprise you. I feel like my technique and style is always growing because I am working with a natural element and it continues to push me.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I am hoping to be involved in more gallery exhibits. I love the atmosphere of galleries and sharing a piece of me with strangers. As weird as that sounds, I think you can gain a lot of insight on who you are personally and as an artist by how an outsider reacts to something so personal to you.
I am part of a group show “Best of The 2018 EMA Exhibits” at Morpho Gallery October 19th – November 10th and currently have pieces on display at Fulton Market Kitchen and Serendipity Labs.
- Website: www.katiemeuser.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: klmeuser