Katey Carlis

Are we separate and distinct, untethered from one another and from the world? Or are we unique beings embedded in a vast, oceanic flow that moves with mystery and purpose?

Katey Carlis

Representative work

Artist Statement

My work tends to circle a few questions: Are we separate and distinct, untethered from one another and from the world? Or are we unique beings embedded in a vast, oceanic flow that moves with mystery and purpose? These questions have manifested differently, becoming several distinct bodies of work.

The Mandala series presents the inner life as being bounded by the body (in the form of the circle) while maintaining intimate relation to the outer world. The circle, like the body, separates the outer space from the inner while the pattern gently magnetizes the viewer’s attention into the center. The journey through the pieces elicits feelings of centeredness but also invites questions. What is the relationship between the soul of the individual and the soul of the world?

Black and white drawing series consists primarily of intimate views into the beauty of everyday nature. These images are also bounded by circles but, in this case, the impact of the circle is to sub-consciously release the viewer from modern, camera-bound forms of seeing. Instead of objectifying the world, the roundness of the outer edge implies that the central image is a vital part of a greater living whole to which we ourselves are related. The roundedness of the eye and the living embodied perception it provides is a primary focus. 

Overall my work is a bridge in the midst of construction, desirous of a crossing between inner and outer realities. Contained with my work is the longing for a reuniting of long repressed feminine principles with the culturally dominant masculine norms. The circle, as a primarily feminine image, carries within itself notions of wholeness, interrelatedness, embodied existence and integration. These qualities are elusive in modern life. My work is a dream of connection, one which could allow us to span the gap between our distinct individuality and the deep, inexplicable connectedness of inner and outer nature.

My website is: kateycarlisart.com
My Instagram is @kcarlisart

Bio

Group Exhibitions/Solo Shows/Sales

Commissions & Independent Sales 2022
“Male Torso, Back View” Bargue Master Study, Graphite on Paper.
“The Foot of a Gladiator”, Bargue Master Study, Graphite on Paper.
“Tallulah”, large drawing, archival ink on paper

“What the World is Today”, February 2022
Juried Show at Duke Gallery, Wallingford Community Art Center
“Things Fall Apart”, awarded Honorable Mention.
Sold in advance of showing.

Commissions & Independent Sales 2021

”Star of the Sea, 3”, large pen and ink drawing/watercolor
“The Prophet Isaiah”, Michelangelo study/interpretation in graphite
”Dory Bryan Conaway”,  large drawing, archival ink on paper
”The Cardinal de Birague”, Bargue Master Study
”Mud to Lotus”, archival ink on paper

“Divine Feminine”, Solo Show, November 2021
Beadazzle Gallery at Wallingford CAC
1 month duration. 8 pieces showing / 1 sale

“Indwelling”, Solo Show, February 2020
Brandywine Music and Arts Collective
1 month duration. 8 pieces showing / 2 sales

Commissions & Independent Sales 2020
Out of Darkness, Kingfisher, archival ink on paper
Life of a Frog, archival ink on paper
Heart Chakra, archival ink on paper

“Embody Series”, November 2019
Private Showing
4 Pieces Featured / 4 Sold

“Origin Story”, September 2019 – Current
3 Artist Exhibition featuring Katey Carlis, Jody McGrath, Angus Ryan
An Envisionaries Exhibition in Blue Bell, PA
5 Pieces Featured

“Arise”, May 2019
Media Arts Council 3rd Annual Juried Show
Piece Featured: “Homeward”, archival ink on paper, sold

“Inner Circle”, Solo Show, May 2019
Burlap and Bean (Newtown Square, Pa)
Duration: 1 month. 13 pieces/ 4 sales

“Inner Spaces”, Solo Show, March 2019
Burlap and Bean (Media, Pa)
Duration: 1 month. 13 pieces/ 4 sales

Education/Creative Experience

Currently attending Bucks County Classical Art Center
Artist Member of The Media Art Collective
BA in Fine Arts from Haverford College
12 year Owner/Designer/Seamstress for Bankie Baby
Designing, sewing and personalizing over 2,000 organic baby blankets
Kindergarten Art Teacher at Middletown Montessori School, 6 years
Master Urban Gardener (enthusiastic suburban gardener)
Novice Piano and Mandolin player, music lover
Enthusiastic student of Italian