I am concerned with the transient nature of memories: how they leave false impressions of an actual occurrence and how the present moment exists in conflict to the past. Truth is perspectival; an existence based on memories that change over time indicates a false notion of reality.
I find a level of synchronicity between memory and the processes of printmaking. Through a labor-obsessive process, the surface becomes an extension of self, holding its own memories as I work the image, usually over months at a time. The transformation the surface undergoes parallels the degradation and mutation of memory as it confronts the ever present moment.
The minimal imagery reflects this meditation, while simultaneously contradicting the excessive process used to create it. Ambiguous architectures emerge and recede, invoking feelings of familiarity, hinting at recollections and previous realities. These spaces allude to the elusiveness of memory and the precarious mental structures we rely on.
Kate MacNeil was born in 1989 in Asheville, NC. She graduated from the College of Charleston magna cum laude with a BA in Studio Art in 2011. During her time there, she was honored to receive the Goss-Duval Scholarship, Departmental Honors and the Tyzack Prize for her practice in studio art. She was a studio artist at the Redux Contemporary Art Center from 2011 to 2016, and spent much of that time working closely with Charleston organizations such as the Gibbes Museum of Art and the College of Charleston to promote printmaking in the area. She is currently a MFA Candidate in Studio Art at the University at Buffalo.
2018 MFA Candidate, Studio Art. University at Buffalo.
2011 BA, Studio Art - Printmaking. College of Charleston. Magna Cum Laude.
2016 "99 Problems," The Southern Gallery, Charleston, SC
2016 "Prelude," UB Department of Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2016 "Redux Studio Artist Showcase," Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2015 "Commedia: New Prints 2015/Autumn," International Print Center New York, New York, NY
2015 "ArtFields: 2015," Lake City, SC - Honorable Mention
2014 "Reorientation," Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2013 “Frogman’s Printmaking Workshop: Assistants’ Exhibition,” Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, Vermillion, SD
2013 “Contemporaries Artist of the Year Soiree and Silent Auction,” Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
2013 “ArtFields, An Epic Southern ArtFest” Lake City, SC
2012 “Reorientation 5,” Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2011 “Re-Nude Art Show,” Eye Level Art Gallery, Charleston, SC
2011 “Salon de Refuses,” Hill Gallery, College of Charleston, SC
2010 “Student Show,” Hill Gallery, College of Charleston, SC
2010 “Young Contemporaries,” Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, SC
2009 “Blume/body Art Show,” Club Pantheon, Charleston, SC
2009 “Salon de Refuses,” Student Gallery, College of Charleston, SC
2008 “Student Show,” Student Gallery, College of Charleston, SC
Awards and Accomplishments
2016 Full Scholarship & Teaching Assistantship, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
2015 Visual Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2015 Artist Grant (printmaking), Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2015 Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant. South Carolina Arts Commission; Charleston, SC
2015 Honorable Mention, "ArtFields: 2015," Lake City, SC
2013 Artist U – Selected Participant. Sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission. North Charleston, SC
2013 “One to Watch.” Charleston City Paper, Fall Arts Issue
2013 Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant. South Carolina Arts Commission; Charleston, SC
2011 Departmental Honors: Studio Art. College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
2011 The Michael Tyzack Prize for Studio Art. College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
2010 Goss-Duval Scholarship for Studio Art. College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
2007 Combined Honors and Arts Scholarship. Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
2015-16 Head Buyer. Artist & Craftsman Supply, Charleston, SC
2011-16 Printmaking Instructor & Studio Artist. Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2014-15 Shop Manager. Sideshow Press, Charleston, SC
2012-14 Printmaking Technician. College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
2014 Artist. Charleston Supported Art, Charleston, SC
2013 Expert Booth. Gibbes Museum of Art, Art on Paper Fair, Charleston, SC
2013 Frogman’s Assistantship. Frogman’s Printmaking Workshop, Vermillion, SD
2010 Intern. Eye Level Art Gallery, Charleston, SC