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Witches, Widows, Spinsters, & Lace: A Q&A with Katy Horan by openstudiospress
March 16, 2011, 12:45 pm
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Katy Horan, Spinster #3, 2011 | Gouache, tissue paper and graphite on paper, 20 x 20 inches. Courtesy the artist and Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA.

If you’ve ever laid eyes on Austin-based artist Katy Horan‘s work (perhaps in the recent West edition, #90, of New American Paintings) you probably recall the ghostly, lace-laden women and women-creatures that are Horan’s signature. These mysterious and striking figures combine Katy’s interest in Victorian fashion, Renaissance portraiture and historical female archetypes, and I’ve always been curious to learn more about them.

Last summer I had the chance to meet Katy for coffee while she was in Brooklyn and just beginning a new body of work for her recent show at Swarm Gallery in Oakland, CA. Katy had a ton of work ahead of her and so we agreed to do this interview when she finished. I asked Katy, among other things, about her process of creating new work and the significance behind her female archetypes and their elaborate dresses. It turns out that, growing up, Katy wanted to be a fashion designer and studied costume design before transferring to art school. Given her obsession with historical dresses and their haunting, cultural significance, this makes perfect sense. Our conversation after the jump.    Kate Singleton, contributor

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