"As a sculptor and installation artist I use beads, found objects, and repurposed and recycled materials as my palette, weaving forms of primarily low relief structures that demonstrate my almost obsessive focus on composition and color. These materials and techniques were influenced by my West Virginia upbringing, where my first introduction to color, line and shape came from my mother's sewing and knitting. A further significant influence on my work was my time spent as a handler of Asian and Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As I inventoried Indian jewelry, draped Japanese kimonos, hung Persian miniatures and unrolled Chinese scrolls, I received an intimate and tactile education in non-Western art history. All of this seeped into my studio practice, installation habits and aesthetic - from a love of the arabesque form to my exploring organic abstraction and enveloping a piece with ornament.
The woven and patterned sculptures I make from beads, fabric, sewing notions and repurposed items are a descendant of what Lucy Lippard, writing in Art International, called "eccentric abstraction," in that they are "idiosyncratic, organic forms, materials that appear to be malleable and pliable, craft-based techniques, and, in many cases, an engagement with gender and sexuality." These pieces are constructed from everyday objects and materials, but result in elaborate ornamental forms. I see them as walking the line that the Buddhist phrase "outrageous elegance" defines as a manner that is approachable by being neither too cold (elegance alone) nor too wild (outrageousness alone)."
Katherine Daniels was born in Idar Oberstien Germany and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. In the Spring of 2014, she will be exhibiting in a group show at Yukiko Kawasi in Paris, France and installing the site-specific beaded sculpture Raritan River Ribbon outdoors for the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey. She is represented by Station Independent Projects in New York City. Daniels has received a Puffin Foundation Grant, the Claire Weiss Emerging Artist Award and two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Manhattan Creative Community Grants. She has also been awarded AIM 30 participation at the Bronx Museum, a PS. 122 Project Studio, a Artist-in-Residency at the Henry Street Settlement, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation The Space Program grant and a NYFA Fellowship in Painting. She holds a BFA in Painting from RISD and a MFA in Painting from Johnson State College. She is currently working in DUMBO, Brooklyn and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.