KATRINA D JEFFRIES
Columbus College of Art and Design
The Ohio State University
PAPER/STICK SERIES Statement
PAPER STICK I – A TIME OF DARKNESS
PAPER STICK II- RESETTLEMENT/REVIVAL
PAPER STICK III- TAKE IT SLOW AND EASY
PAPER /STICK 4: OCEAN VOYAGE
PAPER /STICK 5: ONE FINE DAY
PAPER /STICK 6: BEAUTY
PAPER /STICK 7: WARRIORS
PAPER /STICK 8: WAVE
Each piece acts as a complex mnemonic device the symbols on the pages-the sticks and beads can be decoded by the creator/artist to tell a story, to remember events to transfer knowledge to the next generation. Based on the titles of each piece the viewer can tell a story that relates to his or her past as the items and images evoke a personal memory or event.
The drawings on the paper represent dreamscapes that can only be interpreted by the dreamer. These dreams allow the artist to access to a truth that is not available during waking consciousness. The making of the marks is about an act of remembrance giving visual form to the concerns of a culture that may find the memories to be painful.
The sticks and the objects on them help the teller to remember specific events and lessons of the past. The art functions to assist people with the remembrance of the past. The art itself becomes a historical document.
Within each piece there are sticks painted red green and black. The red represents a traumatic event, the green a growth event of wealth or happiness celebration, the black a death, or an ending.
The three large works in this series reference the Diasporas of Africans to the
The smaller pieces tell stories of specific times that reference the long past and the near past. Some have ghostly images that appear in the art to give reference points to the memory.
Color Composition Series
Yellow Composition No. 1
Orange Composition No. 1
Orange Composition No. 2
Yellow Sketch Nos. 1 -3
Orange Sketch Nos. 1-3
I have been fascinated by the abstract images and colors I have “found” in the subway on blank advertising panels and the peeling paint on the steel beams. I have also been studying the works of the artists Norman Lewis, Vasilly Kandinsky and Gustav Klimt. All of this led to exploring color and what I term organic geometric shapes that I used for this series.
Half Drunk Spin
K D Jeffries Biography
Katrina has had an interest in installations since she was a child, creating her Barbie doll’s apartment in a corner of her room. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University, where she majored in Design for the Theatre. She studied costuming, lighting and stage design, art history and the history of decorative arts. She also studied ceramics and had her first encounter with glass blowing on the campus. She came to Ohio State from Columbus College of Art and Design where she completed her foundation year, studying anatomy and figure drawing, painting, lettering, color concepts and principles of design.
After moving to New York City Jeffries worked at a pottery studio on the upper west side as an apprentice. While working as a Production Coordinator for the American Bible Society. She began to pursue work in the theatre full time going from the Equity Library Theatre, to the Manhattan Theatre Club, to The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Company, building costumes for shows at Parson-Mears to working on Broadway, Films and Television.
At the same time Jeffries was studying art, taking classes at Parsons School of Design. She retuned to ceramics as a way to express her creativity. Classes and teaching at private studios and schools helped her to develop the knowledge and skills to work on her own. She worked in a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a few years and then established her own studio MAWU Ceramic Studio in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. After closing her studio in 2007, Jeffries began experimenting with hand made paper. She studied at Dieu Donne Papermill in Manhattan and is now making paper in a private studio in Brooklyn.
She created the Cowrie Collection a line of dinnerware made from stoneware. She also produces unique one of a kind teapots, baskets and platters combining the aesthetics of the American Arts & Crafts movement and African design motifs. Her work has been featured in nationally juried craft shows, galleries; her own retail space in Brooklyn, in private collections and on the television show “One Life to Live”.
In addition to the schools mentioned above Jeffries studied glassblowing and ceramics at Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina), and Urban Glass (Brooklyn, NY) In New York city she apprenticed at various private studios and taught at schools and studios. She is on the Board of Directors for Composers Collaborative, an organization dedicated to producing the works of new American composers, poets and musicians. She is also a member of the Harlem Arts Alliance and SONYA (South of the Navy Yard Artists)
Jeffries has always had an awareness of her heritage. As an African American she researched the cultures of the African Diaspora and the history of the Slave Trade and the Middle Passage. Her background in art and theatre combined with her interest in history and sociology has resulted in her creating work to interpret her feelings about the world around her.