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Katie Shima
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Ditmas Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: We live in an age of unprecedented human agency in terms of our ability to shape our surroundings, to produce tools to support our needs and desires, and to communicate with each other across vast distances. In August of 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy submitted a formal recommendation to designate ours as a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene. Drawing on the tradition of landscape painting and the sublime, I work towards a new kind of landscape for this new epoch. These landscapes are complex and intricate, blurring the boundary between the organic and the mechanical, the hand and the machine. The overall composition one perceives at first glance gives way to increasing layers of overwhelming detail upon closer examination. I use contemporary digital fabrication tools such as the laser cutter and CNC router to extend traditional weaving, painting, and drafting techniques, pushing their accuracy and detail to the limit of human perception. Looking at these pieces, there is a sense that there are yet more layers, more beyond the frame, a vast and complex network that we cannot see or understand. They are obsessive, betraying a sense of anxiety at the vastness and complexity of the problems we face in this world, at the darker side of the technological sublime.
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  • Holding On
    2016
    stained wood and steel wire
    24" x 24" x 4"

  • Rising Gyre
    2016
    stained wood, mdf, and steel wire
    32" x 32" x 6"

  • Rising Gyre (detail)
    2016
    stained wood, mdf, and steel wire
    32" x 32" x 6"

  • Maelstrom
    2016
    stained wood, mdf, and acrylic
    30" x 30" x 12"

  • Maelstrom (detail)
    2016
    stained wood, mdf, and acrylic
    30" x 30" x 12"

  • Gyre (detail)
    2016
    wood and steel wire
    24" x 24" x 4"

  • Twist
    2016
    stained wood
    24" x 24" x 4"

  • Twist (detail)
    2016
    stained wood
    24" x 24" x 4"

  • Threaded Trajectory
    2015
    corrugated cardboard, jute thread, and ink
    60" x 60" x 24"
    Threaded Trajectory addresses sprawl and connections between communities. Installed in trailer by Jay MacDonald at the Knockdown Center.

  • Threaded Trajectory (detail)
    2015
    corrugated cardboard, jute thread, and ink
    60" x 60" x 24"
    Threaded Trajectory addresses sprawl and connections between communities. Installed in trailer by Jay MacDonald at the Knockdown Center.

  • Explosion Calculus in Red
    2014
    acrylic on board
    36" x 60"

  • Trains of Progress
    2014
    acrylic on board
    36" x 60"

  • Elevator Mountain
    2012
    ink & graphite on vellum
    “Elevator Mountain” depicts antique, oil-driven, pulley-type elevators, piled up so heavily that they become the mountains rather than providing transport to the tops of external mountains

  • One Million Drills
    2013
    ink on watercolor paper
    Hydraulic fracturing has been in use for over 50 years, and there are over one million drill sites in the United States. This landscape consists entirely of drills, pipes, and valves such as are used

  • Mechanical Whirlpool
    2013
    acrylic ink & color pencil on mylar
    Mechanical Whirlpool is about the history of seafaring technology, from masted merchant boats to battle ships to nuclear submarines. Looking back on this legacy as a single mechanical composition, we

  • Waterfall Cycle
    2012
    ink and graphite on paper
    24" x 18"

  • Water Circuit
    2012
    ink & graphite on vellum
    Part machine, part city, water lies at the heart of this circuit. It is pumped through a hydroelectric dam through capillary action, circulated through residences, recycled at a wastewater treatment p

  • Crane Mountain
    2012
    ink & color pencil on vellum
    This landscape consists of cranes and more cranes, lifting each other higher and higher.

  • Spring
    2012
    ink & graphite on vellum
    “Spring” depicts a field of what appears from above ground to be a normal field of crocuses. Below ground, the hinged roots extend and contract via a system of motors and gears, pushing nu

  • Spherical Plant Vessel
    2012
    ink & graphite on vellum
    “Spherical Plant Machine” depicts a sooty, sprawling machine entirely dedicated to keeping a small plant alive in a vacuum. Nitrogen and phosphorus are produced as fertilizer, mixed with c
 








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