Reenacting Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World I will crawl through the grass wearing a dress I create from remnants of cloth from my home and pieces passed down from prior generations. As I crawl, I will attempt to get up over and over again until at last I run out of view. The performance will evoke a spirit that perserveres over defeat and multiple failures until it is at last rises above all obstacles and becomes free.
Katherine Mangiardi is an artist and figure-skating coach based in New York. She has worked within various mediums to explore the extension, displacement and diffusion of the body in elaborately skilled activities such as lacework and figure skating. She addresses overlooked or undervalued female originality in the historic textile industry and the importance of dying art forms such as figures (elaborate tracings on ice once integral to the sport of figure-skating). Her work emphasizes the connection of the mind and body as well as the repetition and acquisition of skill over time.
Katherine attended Skowhegan in 2007 and received an MFA from RISD in 2008. In 2009 Mangiardi was awarded the W.K. Rose Fellowship. Solo exhibitions include, Paintings, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and Reflected Absence, The Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ.