Katie CoughlinBrooklyn, New York

Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident 2011-12

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Katie received her BFA from Alfred University in 2010. For the next few years, Katie lived in different parts of the country being involved in multiple artists communities including, Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, CO, The Canvas in Juneau, AK, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT and The Clay Studio of Missoula in Missoula, MT. These experiences led to the mountains stealing her heart. She then traveled home to Brooklyn to spend some time with her grandma, eat pizza and be super hip. She is currently living and making in Brooklyn, NY.

Through the repetitive and meditative process of pinching clay, I investigate impressions of relationships through memory.

Our existence is a story made up of past happenings, leading us to remain with memories that capture and purify images and sensations. Preserving life through the people we meet and the fragments of thought they leave behind, we hold on to memory in order to move forward. Exposing an atmosphere of familiarity, yet still invoking a nostalgia for the present, I merge moments of past happenings to explore the simple expression of complex memory, thought and experience.

Instigated from a nomadic lifestyle, the constant disruption of relationships and the presentation of ourselves to the world, I question the fragile act of intimacy through the (in)stability of thought.