Hello from Studio B55!

Since the beginning of this residency I have been preparing for a solo exhibition at Keystone College in LaPlume, PA. After preparing for this exhibition over the last few months I am happy to report that it has been installed at Keystone College!
The exhibition is called, “Sugar, Spice, Not Very Nice,” this body of work has been an autobiographical reflection on personal experiences of growing up and feeling the need to fit into a mold that represented femininity. The work of this exhibition is a series of drawings, sculptures, and photographs reflecting this experience. Continue reading

Sugar, Spice, Not Very Nice

Parochial Collar #1, in Sugar, Spice, Not Very Nice exhibition, 2017. Photo by Anna Margush

“What are little girls made of?” Those familiar with the well-known 19th-century nursery rhyme will answer: “Sugar and spice and all things nice. That’s what little girls are made of!” Artist Katie Hovencamp, on the other hand, provides an alternative response in her solo exhibition, Sugar, Spice, Not Very Nice, which is on view in the Linder Art Gallery at Keystone College, from 2/28 through 4/28. Against a backdrop of hand-painted, 19th-century-style wallpaper, the show features Hovencamp’s Parochial Collar series, accompanying photographs of the artist wearing the collars, and a collection of Victorian-style drawings, all of which subvert traditional ideals of femininity. Continue reading

Update from Katie’s studio at Mana

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Since my previous blog post I have been working on several projects and I am happy to report that some are completed! The series of metal parochial collars that I started at the beginning of this residency have been assembled and ready to exhibit. I have been working with the Keating Foundry at Mana contemporary to cast aluminum bows for my sculptural metal collars. I completed chasing for all 12 of my cast aluminum bows as well as patinating them. I finished riveting all of them to the collars and now they are all ready to be documented. My very good friend and frequent collaborator Anna Margush will be flying in from San Francisco to help me document all of the collars I have created. Continue reading