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Katelyn Chapman

“My work explores episodes of working-class life in America’s rural South through the lens of my
own family and friends in the Midlands of South Carolina. I index my upbringing in this place by
referencing backroad dispositions in conjunction with symbols of faith and Christian
iconography. By painting these accounts, I celebrate, honor, and show reverence towards the
customs and traditions of the rural working-class South.”

“Relying on rich history, storytelling, and the ephemeral quality of change that span past,
present, and future tenses; I primarily focus on the function of the still life in rural spaces—both
wild and domestic—as practical makeshifts and collections. The work often toys with paradox
and humor to buttress these themes through depictions of off-the-grid habits as they relate
solely to living off the land. These ideas are crucial to building messages that point dually
towards the literal and figurative challenges and undertakings in the Bible Belt region. In the
American South, this notion provides perspective on larger societal issues that point to a past
that can’t be thrown away, but instead lingers on into the present.”

Late July

Year: 2022

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part I

Free Range – Whole Dozen

Year: 2022

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part I