Wk5 – Artist Conversation – Katherine McRaven

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Katherine McRaven

Exhibition: Insolitum

Media: Metal

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: Katherine McRaven

Website: Katherine McRaven Shop

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Katherine McRaven is an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach. She is in the Sculpture program in the School of Art and is working to apply to the metal work program. McRaven is skilled in metal sculpting and hopes to provide herself with a career where she can work from home. She started her career with jewelry classes and from there progressed to taking more complex sculpture and metal working classes. Her love for the art grew with each class.

Two of my favorite pieces I saw in the gallery were Triangulation #2 and the necklace that she created. Triangulation #2 is composed of various metal triangles arranged on the wall in such a way that it pulls the eye outward to inward. Each triangle is of different luminescent coloring and beautiful to look at. As for the necklace, it is made up of three separate hammered metal hexagonal shapes, joined together by thin metal chains. This is a great statement necklace to add to an outfit. The beautiful turquoise pieces are a great compliment to the one copper colored piece in the middle.

I explained to Katherine that the necklace was beautiful and she told me that it was definitely her favorite piece in the show. She said how it took her a day to hammer out the piece and how pleased she was with the outcome.  She is now planning on creating more for her website to sell. As for Triangulation #2, McRaven stated that she reused the triangles from Triangulating #1, which was displayed in the Fine Arts Sculpture building. She always reheated the triangles in order to bring out the different colors that occur naturally in the metal. In her artist statement, it says that the piece “relates to the physical body in the function as an installation that changes each time it is displayed, becoming a reflection of the being who ,capped and placed each of the triangles”. In her work to come, Katherine is looking to mix 3D printing and metal work. She loves the idea of taking something that is so medieval as metal working, and something modern like 3D printing to produce art.

Both of these pieces drew me in, when I first walked into the gallery. I love jewelry and was very excited to see that in the gallery here. I was trilled to hear that it was also Katherine’s favorite piece.  This made me want  to see more of her work like that in hopes of purchasing in the future. With Triangulation #2, I was really intrigued by the process. I respected the amount of time taken to produced such a piece and it reflects her dedication to the craft and process. It is always to amazing to see what artists can produce from their hands and I am looking forward to seeing more of this in McRavens future work.

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