Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Updates for Katy Betz Studio

Hi everyone! It's pouring rain outside so I thought I'd stay in and recap on what's been happening lately. Fall semester was very intense in a fun yet challenging sort of way. Most of my time was dedicated to writing my thesis paper. The topic was postmodern irony vs. sincerity in religious-themed artwork, as seen through an analysis of two exhibitions curated in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks: 100 Artists See God & 100 Artists See Satan. I argued that a cultural shift is taking place in favor of sincerity thanks to Stuckism, Remodernism, and Post-Postmodernism (movements that balance irony with sincerity through methods of originality, nostalgia, and personal conviction). 

My grad show is on April 15, 2011 (Tax Day!) and I've been working on a conceptual fantasy narrative series titled "Guardians of the Heart", based on Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life." It's also inspired by 80's cartoons like Voltron, Rainbow Bright, My Little Pony, and the Carebears...hence the rainbows in almost every painting so far! The good guys in the story are called the Musicorns, they are the guardians of the heart. The bad guys are called the Devourlings, they steal, kill, and destroy the heart. Below are a few images from the series:

The charcoal drawings will become paintings pretty soon, I'll post previews as soon as they're finished! More pictures and info can be found on my website and my facebook page: Katy Betz Studio. That's all folks! Thanks for checking it out =)


Mac McCool said...

You've got some amazing art up there, Katy! Merry Christmas!!!

Cliff Cramp said...

Nice compositions Katy!

Tony Hsu said...

Great Stuff Katy --as always! Very exciting to see the artwork of the visual concepts!