Katy Schimert

American, b. 1963

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Katy Schimert

American, b. 1963

Biography

Katy Schimert is interested in the intersections of the physical and the emotional. Her drawings, watercolors, and sculptures explore the interplay between the exterior and the interior, either by bringing the physical outside in—such as her wire and wood tree sculptures—or by depicting what is hidden inside mind or body on the surface. Inspired in part by Victorian horror novels, Schimert’s 2008 series of watercolors titled The Monster merged figuration and abstraction, evoking emotional torment. Painted primarily in a bleak palette of black, gray, and brown, the light application of color and vein-like lines reflected the fragility of the psychological states Schimert was portraying. The artist’s use of such traditionally friable sculptural materials as blown glass, cellophane, and porcelain also conveys the frailty of the mind and body.

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 1 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Biography

Katy Schimert is interested in the intersections of the physical and the emotional. Her drawings, watercolors, and sculptures explore the interplay between the exterior and the interior, either by bringing the physical outside in—such as her wire and wood tree sculptures—or by depicting what is hidden inside mind or body on the surface. Inspired in part by Victorian horror novels, Schimert’s 2008 series of watercolors titled The Monster merged figuration and abstraction, evoking emotional torment. Painted primarily in a bleak palette of black, gray, and brown, the light application of color and vein-like lines reflected the fragility of the psychological states Schimert was portraying. The artist’s use of such traditionally friable sculptural materials as blown glass, cellophane, and porcelain also conveys the frailty of the mind and body.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial