(Athens, GA) The Lyndon House Arts Center is pleased to present Soft Trap, a new installation by Athens, GA artist Katie Ford on view from February 15 to March 28, 2024. An artist talk is scheduled for Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 pm.
Ford is the first artist to present work as part of a new annual seriesat the Arts Center, IN CASE, in which an artist utilizes the lobby case as an installation space for a single work of art.
Katie Ford’s current body of mixed media sculpture considers how the instability of digital technology offers an imperfect model for perceiving our own multiplicity. Enmeshed in the network, shedding data and seeking self-expression, we become diffuse. How does this incoherence echo through us? What does the system reflect back to our sense of self?
Merging sculpture, images, and textiles, Ford’s formal choices generate sites of meeting to examine the mediation of embodied experience. A square bar leans heavy into a velvet pillow. The bulge of a quilted blanket cracks through silver leaf. Photographs printed on fabrics give supple heft to iron armatures, yet the pictures collapse into noisy texture upon closer examination. Each element pushes at another, prompting small moments of breakdown. As hybrid objects/images/bodies, the works seek to acknowledge relationships and evade singularity.
Ford is a mixed media artist who earned a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Georgia. She is the recipient of artist residencies at the Icelandic Textile Center, Iceland; the Women’s Studio Workshop, NY; and 100W Corsicana, TX; among others. She has exhibited across the U.S. and presented solo shows at Drop Forge & Tool, NY; Unsmoke Systems Artspace, PA; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, PA; and 1522 St. Louis, MO. Since 2019 she has co-directed Reciprocal Works, a creative platform facilitating zine exchanges and workshops.