Mother and Son Gardening 2 (2023), 10” x 11”, Acrylic and embroidery thread on repurposed fabric

This week we welcome Katrina Slavik. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she now lives and works in Queens, New York. Slavik produces paintings, collages, sculptures and installations that seek to break down boundaries between nature and society. Her current body of work is inspired by the relationships and connections between her local community and the natural world. Among her subjects are neighborhood gardens, city barbecues and urban wildlife.

Quarantine Painting (2020), 16” x 17”,  Acrylic and dye on repurposed fabric, paper towels and paper

As a child, Slavik took art classes and spent hours alone in her room drawing. She also spent a lot of time in the woods outside her house, which sparked her interest in suburban and urban ecology. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 with a BFA in Painting and a concentration in illustration. In 2016 she moved to NYC (after getting fired from her job at a food truck), where she began exhibiting more frequently. 

Neighborhood Tapestry (2023), 35” x 24”, Acrylic on repurposed fabric

Solo exhibitions include the artist-run space Tutu Gallery in Brooklyn (2021) and the Wild Bird Fund Window Gallery in Manhattan (2020), a space that is attached to a wildlife rehabilitation.. Recent selected group exhibitions include HERE Arts, NYC; Interchurch Center Galleries, NYC; Box Factory Gallery, NYC; Johnny Utah Project, NYC; Village West Gallery, Jersey City, NJ; and Viridian Artists Gallery in NYC.

City Roots 1 (2023), Sumi ink, acrylic paint, embroidery, and collage on paper

She participated in a studio residency on Governors Island with the NYC Audubon Society in 2021. Slavik has curated group exhibitions at Field Projects Gallery, an artist-run space in Chelsea, and Asya Geisberg Gallery, a commercial space in Chelsea.

Coyote Hour (2021), 16” x 18”, Acrylic and collage on paper

See more of the artist’s work on her website and Instagram page.

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