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Fascia

"Fascia" Linen fabric, cotton fabric, thread; patterned from the artist’s body 4ft x 6ft 2016 Riddled with quick erratic pains throughout my body I found myself distancing from my physical self. Fascia is an investigation of my corporeal form, granting the ability to understand myself from new and multiple angles. The pattern created for this piece was constructed by directly taping onto my body, essentially producing a second skin. Gently shedding this new skin, I was able to strategically cut out shapes that I would then sew back together in found natural fabrics.

This Is My Body.

"This Is My Body." Silk organza, Tulle fabric, thread; sewn 5ft 5in x 2ft 2018 This Is My Body is about acknowledging one's self as they are and being at peace within that. Their eyes are closed but their internal world is exposed.

A Thread to Bare

"A Thread to Bare" 4' x 2' 6" Tulle, thread; embedded in rice paper 2019 A Thread to Bare is about connection. It's the thoughts you carry with you that tie you to a loved one that has passed, a friend that is far away, or even oneself.

Endogenous Embrace

"Endogenous Embrace" Silk organza, Mesh fabric, thread; sewn 2ft x 6ft 2018 Endogenous embrace is an expression of self love and finally finding comfort within one’s own physical being.

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About Katie

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

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Katie O'Keefe was raised in a quiet village in the Hudson Valley, New York and is currently based in Station North, Baltimore, Maryland. During her teen years Katie was struck with a severe case of Lyme Disease. She struggled to get a diagnosis for 2 years, during which the disease progressively consumed her. After finally receiving treatment, she regained mobility and started her journey through the healing process. Soon after Katie felt drawn to the tactile experience of working with fibrous... more

Fiber "Paintings"

People are full of complex layers, some of which are more transparent that others. When we meet a person we only see what they present on the surface. I am interested in what lies beneath; synapses like threads firing a network of woven channels throughout the body. In each layer of the Fiber “Paintings” the marks made via needle and thread speak of the body’s history. Their eyes are closed but their internal world is exposed. Our body's hold onto palpable memories of pain and pleasure. What is it that we hide from those around us and what is it we wish to share but cannot find words to communicate?

Fascia

Riddled with quick erratic pains throughout her body Katie found herself distancing from her body. Fascia is an investigation of the artists corporeal form, granting the artist the ability to understand herself from new and multiple angles. The pattern created for this piece was constructed by the artist directly taping onto herself, essentially producing a second skin. Gently shedding this new skin, she was able to strategically cut out shapes that she would then sew back together in found natural fabrics. Thus, forcing herself to spend hours present and aware of how her body fits together, she exists in this world in search of that lost connection.

  • Fascia

    "Fascia" Linen fabric, cotton fabric, thread; patterned from the artist’s body 4ft x 6ft 2016 Riddled with quick erratic pains throughout my body I found myself distancing from my physical self. Fascia is an investigation of my corporeal form, granting the ability to understand myself from new and multiple angles. The pattern created for this piece was constructed by directly taping onto my body, essentially producing a second skin. Gently shedding this new skin, I was able to strategically cut out shapes that I would then sew back together in found natural fabrics.
  • Detail of Fascia

    Linen fabric, cotton fabric, thread; patterned from the artist’s body 4ft x 6ft 2016

Hangings

In this series of Fiber Hangings I am focusing on the interrelationship between the body and its surroundings. Through the use of visceral textures and embedding different materials into the surface of the works, I am softening the boundaries to create a dialogue with the space and evoke an awareness of ones physical self in relation to the work.

  • Confluences

    10ft x 8ft Linen thread; dyed, machine knit 2014 This archway is a reflection of cellular patterns and the structures that exist within the body. It is a meeting point of the internal and external. By externalizing my vulnerability into an architectural form, I am able to walk through and openly investigate this interrelationship.
  • In Air

    20ft x 1ft Linen thread handed down from Lenore Tawney, plastic; melted 2014 A response to the work of Lenore Tawney whose work helped revolutionize Fiber Art and bring it to the fore front of High Art. I was lucky enough to receive some of her studio materials, in this case spools of linen thread. As a way to pay her homage to the influence she has had in my own work I choose to immortalize her threads in plastic and highlight the importance of negative space that is a constant in her weavings.
  • Detail of In Air

    20ft x 1ft Linen thread handed down from Lenore Tawney, plastic; melted 2014 A response to the work of Lenore Tawney whose work helped revolutionize Fiber Art and bring it to the fore front of High Art. I was lucky enough to receive some of her studio materials, in this case spools of linen thread. As a way to pay her homage to the influence she has had in my own work I choose to immortalize her threads in plastic and highlight the importance of negative space that is a constant in her weavings.
  • Ensnared

    10ft x 10ft Wool and paper; felted. Suspended 1ft off the floor and fills the room. 2013 As I continue my search to integrate my mind and body, there are moments where I find my desperation for wholeness has driven me to latch on too tightly. When I take a moment to breathe and look up, I find myself entrapped, reflecting on the moments of my life where I had lost control of my body and movement.