"As an artist, I am interested in a poetic and quiet activism that can exist within the history and politics of life in the United States. Each day the decisions, thoughts and actions we make accrue meaning. It is rarely evident and often hard to imagine, but these tiny moments that fill up our past collectively create our current realities. Using archival and community-sourced research, I make artworks that ideally allow the audience to see themselves as shapers of systems as broad as the environment, the historical record, American political thought. We all have power; we all own this history.
"I create physical and metaphorical platforms in my installations-from newspapers to dinner tables to stages for participation. My process begins with a story, a site, or a question; develops with visits to local libraries, county fairs, and historical sites; and is complicated by interviewing locals and questioning so-called experts. The outcome of my research varies in every project, including fiber, performance, printed matter, installation, sound, and video. Regardless of the media I use, I ask viewers to write their part of the story rather than simply observing. I invite them to become performers having conversations at dinner parties, waving flags, playing games, or planting a tree. Together, we can complicate and unpack the narratives of everyday life and begin to realize that the construction of history is made up of precious fragments that can be reordered in any way we like."
Katie Hargrave, born and raised in Chicago, IL, currently lives and works in Hornell, NY. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007. She received her Master of Arts degree in Cultural Production from Brandeis University in 2009, her Master of Arts in Intermedia and Video from the University of Iowa in 2001, and her Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia and Video, with a minor in drawing, from the University of Iowa in 2012. Hargrave has exhibtied extensively nationally, as well as several international projects since 2006. Her international exhibtions include We Can't Go Wrong Peek and Poke, Rijeka, Croatia; Overture, Manifesta 8 group exhibition with the Action Mill, Murcia, Spain; Summer trees and
She has won numerous awards, fellowships, scholarships and grants, as well as being featured in many press publications. Her most recent work experience was working as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Alfred University, Alfred, NY during the 2013/2014 academic year. Her artwork is part of the permanent collections at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and Illinois State University Archives.