The Common Cup

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Art on Display: Katherine Downie

Artwork by Katherine Downie is on display through September.

Katherine​ ​Downie​ ​started​ ​creating​ ​from​ ​a​ ​very​ ​young​ ​age.​ ​​ ​Inspired​ ​by​ ​the​ ​artists​ ​in  her​ ​family​ ​(her​ ​aunt​ ​and​ ​grandfather),​ ​she​ ​sketched​ ​and​ ​painted​ ​whenever​ ​she​ ​could.​​ ​Her​ ​focus​ ​at​ ​this​ ​point​ ​was​ ​on​ ​watercolor,  and​ ​she​ ​enjoyed​ ​developing​ ​an​ ​unconventional​ ​style​ ​with​ ​the​ ​medium.​ ​​​It​ ​was​ ​at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids,​ ​that her​ ​love​ ​for​ ​abstract​ ​painting​ ​grew,​ ​and​ ​where​ ​she​ ​transitioned​ ​from​ ​watercolors​ ​to oils.​ ​​ ​Downie​ ​still​ ​paints​ ​with​ ​both​ ​media,​ ​choosing​ ​the​ ​medium​ ​that​ ​will​ ​best​ ​serve the​ ​subject​ ​matter.​ ​​ ​She​ ​refers​ ​to​ ​herself​ ​as​ ​an​ ​Abstract​ ​Realist,​ ​as​ ​most​ ​of​ ​her  paintings​ ​are​ ​painted​ ​very​ ​realistically,​ ​but​ ​are​ ​cropped​ ​so​ ​that​ ​they​ ​become  abstract. This​ ​series​ ​of​ ​paintings​ ​and​ ​photographs​ ​all​ ​come​ ​from​ ​visits​ ​to​ ​The​ ​Henry​ ​Ford  Museum​ ​of​ ​American​ ​Innovation​ ​and​ ​Greenfield​ ​Village​ ​in​ ​Dearborn,​ ​MI. ​They​ ​play​ ​at  the​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​history​ ​and​ ​language​ ​changing​ ​over​ ​time,​ ​from​ ​being​ ​active​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​our  everyday​ ​lives​ ​to​ ​becoming​ ​passive​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​our​ ​collective​ ​memories.​ ​​ ​Through​ ​the  museum​ ​setting​ ​and​ ​Downie’s​ ​work,​ ​they​ ​become​ ​active​ ​again,​ ​though​ ​in​ ​a​ ​different  way​ ​than​ ​originally​ ​intended. 

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8:30 AM - 10:00 PM


11:00 AM - 6:00 PM




1511 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104