With a background in ceramics, Kate Wingard’s current practice blends a range of media, including performance and time-based digital works. The artist incorporates unconventional approaches and media in order to “discover new relationships among the things around us”.
As she shares: “My forms are inspired by my memories as well as my daily experiences and my emotional reactions to them.” The creative process is a very important aspect to her finished artworks—whether her method be spontaneous or controlled, there is a process through which she formulates her thoughts and artistic decisions on what her outcome will be. Familiar objects in an unfamiliar setting and placement invites the viewer to question associations and relationships, upending expectations of their characteristics in the process.
One of her most recent works, Careful Sweets, is an interactive installation and performance utilizing the following materials: clay, chocolate cake, table, chairs, and silverware. Wingard uses repetition through texture and color to create this installation. The performative aspect involved serving the edible cake to participants while they sit at a very delectable-looking table. By creating an atmosphere of absolute delicacy with a mixture of edible and inedible materials, Wingard plays with a balance of aesthetics.
Kate Wingard is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is pursuing her MFA. Wingard received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008 in 3D with a concentration in ceramics. She continued studying in the graduate department of ceramics for fine art at the University of Colorado Boulder. While in Colorado, Wingard was a resident artist at the Paukune Wanner Art Hause in Severance, CO, as well as the Showpen Residency in Denver, CO. Her artwork has been displayed extensively at national and international locations. She is currently a member of the Hyperlink Collective.
About the Exhibition
GOCA’s first exhibition of the 2018-19 season, Collectivity, will investigate points of connection between artists from two significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles) in concurrent exhibits across two states.