Drewniak's work blurs the lines between painting, collage and sculpture. Here we explore her studio space and artistic practice.
When did you start calling yourself an artist?
Once I had a dedicated studio and was making a cohesive body of work after graduating, it was a little easier for me to make that claim. I still struggle with it sometimes.
What's the first thing you do when you get an idea for a piece?
I begin looking for my materials. I love searching through thrift stores and estate sales and getting to see a bunch of weird stuff along the way.
Kate Drewniak says
“I didn't want to waste the entire inside of the books, so I started trying to find ways to incorporate the paper into my art. It pretty much went full circle and I started sewing the paper together again.”
When do you make your best work?
When I’m in the moment and not concerned about the end result.
If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?
I’ve always wanted to take a road trip across the US. I think it would be amazing to make art that’s inspired by all of the different landscapes across the country.
Your studied painting, but when did you begin exploring with different media in your works?
I studied painting in art school, but luckily I was encouraged to explore other media as well. I was doing a lot of sewing and experimented with making 3d forms out of fabric and sewing tea stained paper/forming it into installations and 3d pieces as well. I also started basic bookbinding and making my own sketchbooks with vintage book covers. I didn't want to waste the entire inside of the books, so I started trying to find ways to incorporate the paper into my art. It pretty much went full circle and I started sewing the paper together again.
About Kate Drewniak
Drewniaks’ work explores the translation of memories into tangible objects.
Kate Drewniak’s work explores the translation of memories into tangible objects, combining discarded found materials such as fabric remnants, books, and obsolete blueprints, to realize unique collages and installations. Deconstructing her materials and sewing them back together, she creates new objects based on intuition rather than measurements and calculations. tenuous structures give these materials a renewed purpose; creating a testament to the histories they hold. Drewniak received her BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010 and currently lives and works in Boston, MA.
2010 BFA, Painting. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
“My work is about translating memories into tangible objects. I combine found materials that are often discarded like fabric remnants, books, and obsolete blueprints to make collages and installations. I want to preserve the history these materials contain while embracing their entropic nature. These pieces mimic the inherent nature of memory strands of thread will move, colors will fade, and sewn paper becomes delicate. I find beauty in evidence of decay like rust and brittle paper. By ripping apart documents and sewing them back together, I am creating new objects based on intuition and emotion instead of measurements and calculations. These tenuous structures give these materials a renewed purpose; creating a testament to the histories they hold.” - Kate Drewniak
2016, By a Thread, Anthropologie Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 2015, Fragments and Short Sentences, Distillery Gallery, South Boston, MA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016, Brouhaha!, GRIN, Providence, RI
2016, Juror's Choice (juried by Elizabeth Devlin, founder of FLUX Boston), UForge Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA
2016, Framework, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA
2015, MassArt Annual Auction, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
2015, 30 Under 30 (juried by Cherie Clinton and Marie Craig, Co-directors of Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham, MA), Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA 2014, TEEM, GRIN, Providence, RI
2014, Scene by South Boston, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
2014, SWELL, GRIN, Providence, RI
2013, Hundreds Show, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
2013, HOME, GRIN, Providence, RI
2011, DONE, Bakalar Gallery, Boston, MA
2011, Ladies First, 303 Hancock Gallery, Dorchester, MA
2011, Chain Letter, Samson Project, Boston, MA
2010, All Female Show, RANT gallery, Chicopee, MA
2009, Feminism Gallery, Crackatorium, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2009, Poems We Didn't Write, Blue Guitar Gallery, Easthampton, MA