Kate Petley is a multimedia artist working at the intersection of photography, painting, and sculpture. Her work emphasizes psychologically charged space, using common materials like cardboard in a transformative process.
By presenting new interpretations of a luminous surface, references that include the ever-present backlit computer screen are broadly inserted. The long arc through history is filled with methods and reasons to approach a radiant surface. A sense of contamination lingers from the blurring of photography and painting, increasingly fused together in a shifting relationship made possible by technology. Perception is jerked back and forth as the viewer resolves these physical differences. It is conceptually important that these images are created in-camera, not in the computer.
In 2020, she will have solo exhibitions at the University of Colorado Art Museum (CUAM) and VonLintel Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition at CUAM, titled ‘Staring Into the Fire’, will include a site-specific installation. Additionally, Petley has curated a nine-artist exhibition for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, opening Fall of 2020.
Her work has been exhibited at the MCA Denver, the Museum of South Texas, the Nicolaysen Museum, the Martin Museum at Baylor University, the Museum of the Southwest, Diverseworks Houston, and the Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe. Petley has been featured in twenty-seven solo exhibitions and has completed numerous public commissions and installations.
Awarded a residency in Ireland, she participated in PhotoIreland 2017 in Dublin. She is a Ucross Foundation Fellowship recipient and has completed residencies at the Mayer of Munich Architectural Art Glass studio in Germany and Platteforum Denver. Previous awards include an NEA Rockefeller Foundation Grant. Represented by Robischon Gallery and Orth Contemporary, Petley’s monoprints are published by Manneken Press, Bloomington, Illinois.
Born in New York, Kate lives and works in Longmont, Colorado, near Boulder.