Katie Metz quilts together various urban elements into a patchwork that captures the essence of city life. She imbues her paintings with the energy and hustle of metropoles by building up her surfaces with acrylic paint and then carving through these layers with a razor blade.
In Connections Katie Metz quilts together various urban elements into a patchwork that captures the essence of city life. She imbues her paintings with energy and hustle of metropolises by building up her surface with acrylic paint and then carving through these layers with a razor. This unique process exposes these underlying lighter hues creating an electric pulse that illuminates the painted scene. Using an array of colors and an adept use of lighting, Metz renders the beauty of an often ignored and ever changing industrial landscape.
In City Connections 3 Metz’s technique of scratching through layers of over-painting is on full display. The headlights of the automobiles, the reflection off the highway, and the underlying grid that unifies the composition are all created by removing the top layers of paint to reveal layers of lighter color beneath. The result is a complex scene that highlights the density of a city teeming with life. Whereas in City Connections 5 the soft shadows and stillness of the urban environment suggests the golden moment of the breaking of dawn as a lonesome car drifts through the bare city as it awakes. This painting, like much of Metz’s work, has an air of mystery, accentuated by the dark palette and hazy, rain-soaked lonely streets. An accomplished painter, Katie Metz lives and works in Seattle.