Katie Maratta

Artist Statement:

My subject matter is the Texas horizon. My pieces are typically 1 inch high and 4 feet long. This format allows me to mirror the reality. Because the pieces can not be seen all at once, the viewer has to “travel” the work.

What I like about these pieces: they should feel cramped and crowded, but they manage to convey a surprising sense of space. They should be corny because they include elements such as windmills and cows and pumpjacks, but in this small scale the cliché becomes fresh again. They allow me to play with the notion of beginning, middle, and end in new ways. They are, in fact, a Basic Geometry lesson with the verticality of the viewer complementing the line, squares, and basic shapes of the horizon and the pictorial elements strung along it. They are powerful without being intimidating. They are satisfying to do and satisfying to look at. They share a quality with Chinese porcelain of the complete world that one can hold in one’s hand.

Katie Maratta<br />Cows in Fog (detail) | 2014<br />ink and graphite on paper | 1&quot; x 48&quot;<br />
Katie Maratta<br />Furrows (detail) | 2014<br />ink and graphite on paper | 1&quot; x 48&quot;<br />
Katie Maratta<br />Dust Devil #3 (detail) | 2014<br />ink and graphite on paper | 1&quot; x 48&quot;<br />
Katie Maratta<br />Just Fencing | 2014<br />ink and graphite on paper | 1&quot; x 48&quot;<br />
Katie Maratta<br />House by Oil Field (detail)| 2014<br />ink and graphite on paper | 1&quot; x 48&quot;<br />
Katie Maratta<br />Storm Moving Out | 2014<br />ink and graphite on paper | 1&quot; x 48&quot;<br />
Katie Maratta<br />Dark Horses Running (detail) | 2014<br />ink and graphite on paper | 1&quot; x 48&quot;<br />Sold
Katie Maratta<br />Tumbleweed #5 | 2013<br />ink and graphite on paper | 2&quot; x 3&quot;<br />Sold
Katie Maratta 2011, McMurtery Gallery 2011
Dairy Queens of the Great Plains, McMurtery Gallery 2012
Houston Fine Art Fair , McMurtery Gallery 2012
Three of a Kind, McMurtery Gallery 2012
Seven Artists, McMurtery Gallery 2014