Katie Kalkstein explores the relationship between people, landscape, and the changing environment with its inherent mysteries and dualities. She is represented by Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna, Austria and Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO; and has shown at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Tilt Gallery, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Medium Photography Festival, and the Yixian and Lishui Photography Festivals in China. Public art works include The Fence by United Photo Industries/Photoville. She has also been published several times in Diffusion magazine, and was a Critical Mass Top 200 Artist in 2014. She received her degree from Savannah College of Art and Design and teaches at Art Students League in Denver, CO.
This ongoing series explores metaphors of connection and transformation within the environment of my own backyard as I attempt to transform the land into something more sustainable. It is a diary of my thoughts about issues facing the environment on a larger scale, but from a more tangible and intimate perspective of my own microcosm. Ideas of manipulation and chance, beauty and ugliness, and desire and destruction all come into play – all while being very aware of the connection between my impact on this space and its impact on me.
My garden is a place where altered landscape creates a longing for the sublime space. Yet a sense of wonder remains. It is a process dependent on light, water, and alchemy – as is the process to create the initial images. As I work with the earth and the images, it reminds me of the power of being present in the moment and the ephemerality of these instances.
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