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Katie DeGroot




Katie DeGroot Needy, 2020 Watercolor on paper 60 x 48 in. framed size 64 x 52 in. (groo049) This original watercolor and gouache painting on paper by Katie DeGroot features a multitude of tree trunks bedecked in brown green and blue mosses and fungi against a white background. "Trees are completely individual. They are adapters and survivors, each one unique, and I think that is something most people don’t think about. We are taught to look at trees based on a stereotype, the image of a perfectly pruned tree is the one most people have in their heads, balanced and symmetrical. But in nature those rarely exist. Trees grow to survive, they adapt to their given environment, growing into strange shapes, producing oddly shaped limbs, becoming contortionists to get to sunlight, bowing to the will of other larger trees. They grow in context to each other and their neighbors, adapting as best they can to the situation they find themselves in. While my artwork has always been based on a traditional observation process, the final appearance of the objects in my paintings is grounded in contemporary ideas and concerns and by my own quirky interpretation of the objects’ personality. These objects allow me to explore my interests in surrealism, (especially the Chicago artists collective The Hairy Who), and abstraction along with pursuing the pure physical pleasure of painting. My paintings honor my subjects’ singular elegance and imagined personality, and I hope they can remind viewers to celebrate beauty in unexpected places." -Katie DeGroot


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