Kate MacNeil graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in Studio Art in 2011, where she developed a traditional background in drawing, painting, and printmaking. From 2011 to 2016, she worked closely with organizations such as the Gibbes Museum of Art, Sideshow Press, and Redux Contemporary Art Center to promote printmaking within the Charleston area. Her work has been featured at the International Print Center New York, PrintAustin, and Print Matters (Houston). She completed her MFA at the University at Buffalo in 2018 and currently works as an educator in Buffalo, NY.
Rooted in a traditional practice of printmaking, I am continually questioning the limits of the medium and interspersing my work with video, installation, and performance. Through these intersections of media, I explore themes of loss, trauma, and memory.
Most recently, my work seeks to confront the silence surrounding traumatic events, mental illness, and the messiness of healing. Drawing on connections between the physical and psychological through performative action and printmedia, my practice calls into question the commonly-held ideas and stigmas surrounding mental illness – specifically PTSD. Often utilizing the body as an impetus for mark-making, my work provides an analogous space in which to conceptualize the physical form and its memories. As the body performs for the viewer, even in stasis, the work serves to act not as a memorial, but rather a continuous action that is ever-present.
Inherent in my praxis is an understanding that the way marks – art and otherwise – are made carries important histories and significations. As such, my work often strays from traditional methods of printmaking, and I draw upon video and performance to explore concepts of process, repetition, and reflectivity. Ultimately, I explore these media, ideas, and histories through the lens of a printmaker.
I can be reached by email, at knmacneil (at) gmail.com
You can also find me on instagram, @knmacneil
Photo by Julia Rose Sutherland