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 the images are created in-camera, not in the computer.
Petley has solo presentations in 2020 at the University of Colorado Art Museum (CUAM) and VonLintel Gallery in Los Angeles. Additionally, Petley has curated a nine-artist exhibition for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, opening in the Fall.
Her work has been exhibited at MCA Denver, the Museum of South Texas, the Nicolaysen Museum, the Martin Museum at Baylor University, Museum of the Southwest, Arlington Museum of Art, 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. She participated in PhotoIreland 2017 in Dublin and is a Ucross Foundation Fellowship recipient. Awarded an NEA Rockefeller Foundation Grant, other residencies include the Mayer of Munich Architectural Art Glass studio in Germany and Platteforum Denver.
Collections include the Museum of Texas Tech University, Houston Airport System, the City of Houston, Stanford University Palo Alto, Morgan Stanley San Francisco, the Federal Reserve Bank Kansas City, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Polsinelli LLC in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Denver (Catalogue).
Born in New York, Kate lives and works in Longmont, Colorado, near Boulder.