Katherine Desjardins

Katherine Desjardins has garnered critical attention for works that question social and political mores through re-purposing the vernacular language of 50's-era encyclopedias, coloring books and behavior-modification manuals. These complex, layered works are, in effect, palimpsests. They defy a superficial read, and subvert the content of the original source material through layered juxtaposition.

Since arriving in Chicago in 2007, Desjardins has trained her eye on the city's industrial/agricultural complex as a nexus of transitivity rich with possibility as both metaphor for the provisionality of painting and as experience of the urban sublime.

This recent work is experiential: about transition from one place to another, cultural juxtaposition, and the collision between raw and refined, familiar and unknowable material.