Katherine Vetne’s work explores concepts around gender and commodity culture. She is the recipient of SFAI’s Graduate Fellowship in Painting, the Allan B. Stone Award, and an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Vetne has exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco, as well as at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AK. She is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery.
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.