Katie Kameen finds herself surrounded by potential art materials as she searches for objects that have been discarded and replaced. Kameen received her BFA in 3D Studio from Eastern Illinois University, and her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and Talente 2017 in Munich, Germany. Kameen is currently working and living in South Carolina.
My sculptures are the result of discovering life in objects that have outlived their intended functions. I am interested in the potential of everyday objects to communicate with us, through us, and to help us communicate with others. I draw from my own experiences, relationships, and emotional growth to find new ways to communicate with old materials.
Our daily routines depend on an assortment of items. Our reliance on these objects becomes a source of both strain and neglect, causing us to value them less as they break down, and eventually discard them. Although they become forgotten, they remain imprinted with our memories. For this reason, my chosen materials originate from the 1950s to the 1980s, which coincides with; my parent’s lives and my early childhood. Old tools remind me of helping my dad in the garage or gardening with my mom, and vintage cookware reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen. These recollections are triggered by both material and color. I use mid-century pigments, plastics, and fibers to create common ground between the dormant object, its past function, and the present viewer. As I discover the messages embedded in my objects, they transform into vessels of communication, each one bringing its own story and culminating with a larger abstract message. Instead of acquiescing to the end of their usefulness these items embrace their beauty, captivate our attention, and incite our memory and imagination.