Artistís Statement - M. Katherine Uetz
For all of us, fiber is the first and last thing we experience - from swaddling clothes to burial shrouds. The fiber arts are among the oldest forms of human artistic expression, as well as utilitarian arts. They have been a part of all human cultures throughout time. We understand our history in part by interpretation of fiber artifacts - clothing, weavings, basketry. As an artist who works with fiber, I use many mediums - weaving, dyeing, image transfer, painting, drawing, discharge dyeing, printing, stitching - incorporating natural materials and multiple construction techniques. Working in this way respects the tradition and craftsmanship inherent in the fiber arts and has allowed me to express my individuality. These are the physical artifacts created through my personal rituals of art making to heal the spirit and to honor and celebrate all life on earth.
I think of my work as Light Dancing which has evolved from my M.F.A. thesis exhibit - a collection of sculptural vessels and ceremonial cloaks which were metaphors for protection and refuge, symbolizing elements of the protective covering of the Earth. My cloaks become living sculptures when worn, embodying a physical and spiritual place of power.
My most recent work involves velvet capes and tapestries, paintings and prints on silk, quilted and viewed both front and back. Through a combination of ancient Japanese Shibori techniques, discharge dyeing, painting and printing, the cloth is transformed with images resembling energy patterns, feathers, and other natural forms.
For me, creating art is a celebration of the life, light and love that surrounds and nurtures us. Sharing my art is my way of returning that light, love, and healing energy.
About M. Katherine
M. Katherine Uetz grew up in Dayton, OH, studied at the Dayton Art Institute and the University of Dayton, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently Director of the Art Gallery at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and teaches fiber arts in the Department of Art. She also conducts workshops and offers individual tutoring. Her work has encompassed a wide range of fiber art techniques, including weaving, discharge dyeing, batik, silk painting, silk paper, quilting, 3-dimensional fiber sculpture with natural materials, and art to wear. M. Katherine draws inspiration from nature, which is reflected in the imagery of her work.
Her art has been exhibited at the Textile Museum and the Womenís National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria, VA, at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA, the Ocean City Arts Center in Ocean City, NJ, Carnegie Arts Center in Covington, KY, Pima College in Tucson, AZ, the Dayton Visual Arts Center in Dayton, OH, the Moonstone Gallery in Lake Geneva, IL, the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, OH, University of Cincinnati, Clermont College, and the Water Tower, Louisville, KY, as well as private collections throughout the U.S. M. Katherine does commission work in all areas of fiber arts.