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Artist Katie Commodore

Katie Commodore

Providence, RI, USA


b. 1978   —   Katie’s parents could have told you when she was a toddler that she would grow up to be an artist, despite years of her insisting that she was going to be an astronaut and them sending her to Space Camp twice. Never giving up her dreams of painting Martian landscapes and testing low gravity pastels, she went to art school, which surprisingly lacked the rigorous science background NASA required. Katie attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, graduating with a BFA in Illustration. After time spent abroad, seeking out the world’s most magnificent works of art, in locales including Florence, Paris, Prague, Greece, plus a short stint in Las Vegas that is better left unspoken about, Katie returned to school, attending the Rhode Island School of Design, and earning her MFA in Printmaking. After 14 years in Brooklyn, she returned to Providence to reside, and is now an adjunct professor at her alma mater and Clark University. As any artist would appreciate, making art is seldom a full-time profession one gets paid well for. Katie’s professional career includes working as a Studio Manager and Artist/Personal Assistant for Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. She has also worked at several museums, including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut, was a Majordomo for a Boutique Communications Firm in NYC, and as the Administrative Director of Crux LCA, a cooperative of Black XR Creatives and Producers that focuses on Black storytelling and creating a foothold in the burgeoning vocabulary of new media of VR and creating Black wealth. Katie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007, after a very stressful day that ended in her going blind (ask her about it, it’s actually kind of funny), which explained a great deal about all of the health issues she had been dealing with for the past decade or so. The illness has caused some changes in her art practice, not so much the subject matter, but definitely in the techniques. Which has caused her to continually explore ways of maintaining the vibrant patterns and detail that she’s known for while not having to rely completely on her super fine motor skills. Throughout the years, she has focused on various mediums, including drawings, prints, fiber, and scrimshaw. Often focusing on materials that are not considered “fine art” and at one time were mostly thought of as women’s hobbies, but brings to them a level of craft that shows off their traditional merit. A majority of her artwork is portraits of her friends during their most erotic moments, acting as a celebration of personal power, beauty, and sexuality. It is a subtle, but often rich, moment that shows the kink, sexual fulfillment, and the sexual interests of those closest to her. Any activity that helps someone express their sexuality is beautiful, to be supported, and worthy of being immortalized in art.

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