I am interested in the way pictures form over time, how shadows change shape as leaves blow in the wind, and how we account for the experiential phenomena of such events.  I create to feel the rotation of the Earth.  I gather source material through extended studies of specific places and chance encounters with forms of dynamic light filtration, such as the alpenglow effect or light and shadows cast upon a sidewalk.  From the initial experience of viewing filtered light, I rely on a process of direct tracing and memory to construct artworks.  Through a synesthetic lens, I draw upon a foundation in ballet and studies of alternative photography, the Support/Surface movement, plein air painting, and textile craft.  My family’s legacy of quilting informs my interest in material as a messenger for meaning.

I balance a translation of a fleeting experience with the materiality of the artwork.  The physical qualities of fabric convey atmospheric tone through the color, degree of transparency, and relationship between the mark-making material and the texture of the surface.  I disregard distinctions between painting, drawing, and photography by using a brush to make marks with light sensitive materials and formally emphasize the space around the lines and shapes.  I explore intimacy by manipulating the tension between the inside and outside, and blurring the line between two and three dimensionality.  The fabric is both a surface and a veil; both sides are painted.  The artworks serve as poetic reminders that paying attention to the space around us is rewarding and critical for understanding our natural reality.
 
 
Contact
katiemwestmoreland at gmail dot com
instagram @lightshapeshadowform

Biography
Born in Bryan, TX
Lives and works in New York, NY

Education
2012       
University of Texas, BFA Studio Art
Columbia University, Advanced Summer Painting Intensive
 
Residencies, Fellowships, and Awards
2019       
Sky Island, Self-Imposed Collaborative Residency with Liz Porter, Alpine, TX
Art OMI Teaching Artists Retreat, Ghent, NY
2018       
Imagine Arts Visiting Artist Fellowship, University of Rio Grande and Portsmouth High School, OH
2017       
Gateway to the Wilderness Residency, Otto's Abode, Wanakena, NY
2015       
Can Serrat Artist Residency, El Bruc, Barcelona, Spain
2012       
College of Fine Arts Professional Development Travel Grant
Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society
2009       
The Astin Charitable Trusts Yearly Stipend
Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild Scholarship
Brazos Valley Art League Scholarship 

Public Art
2019       
Dappled Light, Shifting Shadows, Community Commission Mural, NYC Department of Transportation, Bronx, NY
2018        
Frosted Flora, Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth, OH
Oak Echo, Red Hook Interim Flood Projection Mural Project, NYC Mayor's Office, Brooklyn, NY
2017       
Sift/Reflect
, permanent installation, Gowanus Dredgers Club, Brooklyn, NY
Razzle Dazzle Landscape, Mural on the rooftop of an art studio, Bronx, NY
Forest to Beach, BLVD Mural Project, In Good Company Hospitality Group, Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY

Solo and Two Artist Exhibitions
2019        
Reading the Rocks, with Elizabeth Williams, The Front Page, Austin, TX
2018        
Light is Shape, Shadow is Form, Esther Allen Greer Museum, University of Rio Grande, OH 
All I Can Remember is the Smell of This and the Hollow Sound of the Humidity, Wave Hill Sunroom Project Space, Bronx, NY 
Many Layered Moments, with Michelle Zassenhaus, Gowanus Dredgers Club, Brooklyn, NY
2017        
Visiting Landscapes, Otto's Abode, Wanakena, NY
2012        
Katie Westmoreland, Flood Gallery, The University of Texas at Austin
2009        
Katie Westmoreland, Art 979, Bryan, TX

Group Exhibitions
2020       
Art Off-Screen, international exhibition curated by Eileen Jyng Lynch
2019        
Artist Co-op Exhibition, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY
Two Silences Leaning Together, In/Passing, New York, NY
Flash in the Pan, LoBo Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Under the Magnifying Glass, Gallery Cubed, Brooklyn, NY
Twist and Twine, Paradice Palase, Long Island City, NY
In the Spirit, 68 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
2018       
Art Gym, 840 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
Landscape Real and Imagined, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Earth Day, 313 Butler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017        
Image as Object, Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York, NY
Formerly Past Tense, Hello Studio, San Antonio, TX
Gowanus Open Studios Exhibition, 313 Butler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Rover 2017, Starr Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Flower Show, Splendora Gardens, Cleveland, TX
Spectacular Skies, Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Dowell, MD
2016        
Material as Medium, The Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2013        
Senior Exhibition, The Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin
2012        
Books Beyond Borders, East Side Studio Tour, Austin, TX
Untitled, Black Lagoon Gallery, Austin, TX
Painting Intensive Exhibition, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY
2011        
Supper Club, Revolving Door Gallery, Austin, TX
The Austin Series Part Two, Gallery Black Lagoon, Austin, TX
June Showcase, Palm Door Gallery, Austin, TX
 
Bibliography
2015        
The State of Art - Installation & Site Specific #2
, Bare Hill Publishing
Trek, Kind Aesthetic Quarterly, Spring