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Katie Dell Kaufman


Katie Dell Kaufman is a native of Washington DC.  An award winning assemblage and collage artist, Kaufman creates two and three dimensional work out of wood, paper, found materials and wax.  A member of the Drawing and Painting Department faculty at the Corcoran College of Art and Design for 21 years, she now maintains a studio at the Gateway CDC Art Center in the Gateway Arts District in Brentwood, MD.  Kaufman has been represented by the Fraser Gallery in Washington, DC, and Bethesda, MD, (1999 – 2005) and the Arteco Gallery in Cumberland, MD (2007 – 2009).

Kaufman’s recent exhibitions include Wax in Motion at the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and the Spirit of Wood, at the Zenith Gallery’s 1111 Pennsylvania Ave Sculpture Space, in Washington DC  and Focus on Drawing, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC.  Her recent exhibitions as a featured artist include exhibits at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD and Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville, MD.

Kaufman was honored with a 2010-2011 Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Award for her encaustic/mixed media assemblage.  In 2008 Kaufman was commissioned to create work for an international, interdisciplinary, traveling exhibition, Surviving History: Portraits from Vilna from Living Imprint in London, UK.  Her 5 biographical assemblages incorporate biographical objects provided by Lithuanian Holocaust survivors.  Exhibited in Lithuania, England, and South Africa, her work is now part of the permanent collection of Living Imprint, London, UK.

Kaufman received an MA in Art Education from UMD, College Park, MD and a BA in Sculpture from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.  She lives with her family in Takoma Park, MD.

Artist Statement/Focus

I use common objects to create my work.  I choose items that are touched, handled, and used all over the globe.  I join the intimate experience of tools and household items, with larger questions of our place in the world, and the human condition.  My process involves wax, which evolves and changes as it shifts between solid to liquid.  Ideal as a “connective” medium, wax binds disparate elements into a meaningful whole while invoking a sense of shifting perspective.

The found objects I use in my work bring tactile evidence of their own history, and function.  Presented with rustic simplicity, the work brings into focus the fragile beauty of overlooked objects in daily life. Within these inconspicuous details are found rich layers of rhythmic pattern, light, reflection, and meaning.

Wax is responsive to its environment, at times, hard and at other times malleable and vulnerable. I see its potential for altered states, and lasting state of impermanence, as a unique part of the encaustic aesthetic. In my work, encaustic functions as both adhesive and surface texture, suggestive of connective tissue and skin.  Its varied surfaces mirror natural processes that evolve and transform over time, and reflect growth and spontaneous possibilities for change.

E-mail kdkaufman@pobox.com
Phone 301-452-3201
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Location 3914 Rhode Island Ave
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