"Katherine Rohrbacher is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a concentration in painting, in 2005.
She earned her MFA in 2009 from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she studied under the late Grace Hartigan, artists Joyce Kozloff and Timothy App and NYC art critic Dominique Nahas.
She also received a painting fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association.
Katherine's most recent body of work is a series of self portraits exploring the crossroads of her past, present and future. Her use of pattern and glitter is a constant throughout her work which evokes a sense of hope and beauty, yet an underlying feeling of melancholy is always present."
--from Katherine's website
The opening reception for the show "We're Back", featuring a selection of Katherine's paintings, will be on Saturday, June 18th from 2-5pm at Crestwoods Gallery. Enjoy finger foods and beverages while you enjoy the art work and speak with the artists.
"From early on in her childhood, Elizabeth immersed herself in making art. Her first artistic prize (for a painting) came in first grade, earning her an appearance on the popular children’s show “Bozo’s Circus.” After graduating from Fort Wayne South Side High School, she entered IU Bloomington’s BFA program in clay. The clay instructors there encouraged experimentation beyond vessels and typical functional pieces to explore sculptural form. After completing her undergraduate studies, she remained in Bloomington and was one of the early organizers of the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts (started in 1977 and now considered to be among the top 50 art shows in America) and was active in the Bloomington Artist Co-op.
A two-week vacation to northern California began her 27 years of West Coast living — first in Healdsburg (Sonoma County) and then south to Santa Monica and L.A. County. She found herself in proximity to clay icons like Patrick Shia Crabb and Paul Soldner, whose forms seem to undulate with an inner life, like a human’s vital organ. These influences are still seen in her use of shards and fragments, dramatic textures and a primal intensity that is by turns oceanic, Japanese and occasionally Ancient Greek or Roman. A catch-all phrase for these evolutionary forms is “bio-morphic.” The fluidity of shapes and sizes vary widely, although Elizabeth is finding herself more drawn to large-format creation these days.
Her work has seen many evolutions, and some favorite techniques have returned to her studio, like raku. “It was all rage in L.A. in the late ’80s,” Elizabeth said, “but other forms took over. Recently — especially in the Midwest — there has been a renewed interest in raku pieces.'"
--Steve Gruber, journalist for The Elkhart Truth, from his June 25th, 2015 article "Ceramic artist Elizabeth Wamsley expresses fascination with nature’s volatility through her work."
The opening reception for the show "We're Back", featuring a selection of Elizabeth's clay art, will be on Saturday, June 18th from 2-5pm at Crestwoods Gallery. Enjoy finger foods and beverages while you enjoy the art work and speak with the artists.