Kate Aitchison is an artist focused in print media whose work focuses on the intersection between the man-made and the organic, especially in relation to water. Dams and highly engineered pipeline systems morph natural landscapes in ways that allow water to flow in every direction, no longer following natural paths. Kate graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with her MFA in 2016 and is currently exploring the possibilities of papermaking in conjunction with printmaking courtesy of several grants including a RISD graduate studies grant and a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts grant to explore the viability of invasive plant species as paper fiber.
SFAI provided me the time and most importantly the space to delve into a large scale, boat building and carving project. I would not have been able to realize the carving of two 16 foot long side panels without their support and I feel certain that once the boat is constructed, I will be welcomed back with open arms to share my project and reach out to the arts community of Santa Fe and beyond. It was an honor to be surrounded by such an amazing group of interdisciplinary artists, designers, writers, and scholars– they will be a part of my network for years to come.