Katherine Lampert

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Katherine Lampert

My recent two-dimensional work investigates color, pattern, and the relationship between nature and technology. My multi-layered process begins with a photographic study of pattern in nature, such as a cloudscape, the lace-like remnants of a two billion-year-old fossilized sea creature, or the unusual markings on a rare tropical insect. I manipulate these photographs digitally, often integrating the physical digital print into an acrylic painting. Finally, I scrape back, corroding or excavating both paint and print, blurring the distinction between the technology-driven and naturally occurring painterly passages.

I am also inspired by the writing of abstract painter Jonothan Lasker, who wrote that “technology has expanded human flesh to the limit of endurance. Deep down we long to be the animals we truly are.” “Screen fatigue” is an example of how this relates to me personally. In this body of work, I view the partial destruction of the digital image as a metaphor for this aspect of contemporary human experience.

I would be delighted to work one-on-one with a collector to develop a unique work reflective of their personality, or the individuality of their living space. I envision this process beginning with a discussion where I ask a lot of questions, such as whether there is a beloved natural object or memory of nature that could serve as a visual jumping off point, as well as any personal connection to a particular texture or color palette.






$500 - $8,000

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at mnelson@hydeparkart.org or 773.324.5520 x1014.