Katherine Vetne received a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of SFAI’s Graduate Fellowship in Painting, the Allan B. Stone Award, and an Individual Artist Commission grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Vetne has exhibited her work at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles; Samson Projects and 808 Gallery, in Boston, MA; and CCA Hubbell Street Galleries and 2nd floor projects, in San Francisco, CA. where she currently lives and works.
In June 2018, Vetne’s work was featured in Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Vetne's debut solo exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery opened in September 2019, opening the gallery’s fall season of programming.
My still life-based practice merges themes of high craft, art history, consumerism, and gender. In my painting and drawing work, I use traditional painting materials such as metalpoint, chalk gesso, and casein to produce hyperrealistic and uncanny scenes involving luxury goods such as Hermes scarves and lead crystal. My sculpture practice involves melting lead crystal goods in a kiln, and often coating them in silver nitrate or lead particles, in order to turn the surface of the pieces into a distorted mirror.