A public garden & cultural center

Katie M. Westmoreland

All I Can Remember is the Smell of This and the Hollow Sound of the Humidity
Sunroom Project Space 2018 |
July 1–August 26

Pictured above: All I Can Remember is the Smell of This and the Hollow Sound of the Humidity, 2018, liquid photographic emulsion, linen fabric, thread, paracord, elm wood, 9 x 4 1/4 feet, each panel. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: John Maggiotto.

Katie M. Westmoreland’s immersive installation of fabric panels utilizes passing light and shadows as active mediums in her work. For the Sun Porch, she creates four large-scale, kinetic, painted tapestries that are suspended from the ceiling with paracord and connected to moveable, turned wooden weights on the floor.

Raised in a family of quilters, Westmoreland was drawn to mark-making on fabric. Trained in photography, she employs the raw materials of photographic processes. The studies Westmoreland has created use a cyanotype solution to trace the patterns that sunlight casts through plants and trees in the Sun Porch during the winter and early spring seasons. During those seasons the Sun Porch, also known as a winter garden, serves as a temporary greenhouse for outdoor plants. Applying liquid emulsion on four large, linen panels, Westmoreland reconstructs the patterns of shifting light as they appeared in the space in varying scales. Both sides of the tapestries are painted, and the edges are folded over and hand sewn, creating a continuous effect. The fabric colors of the linen were selected to match the changing, atmospheric, interior light of the Sun Porch.

Westmoreland’s installation recalls these fleeting shapes of light, capturing their tactility and physicality. Layers of history and time are conflated as light and shadow patterns actively project onto the semi-translucent, painted surface each day. Westmoreland states, “My work collaborates with a place to show evidence of its existence and its impact.” She also explores the material and the immaterial in her process. Filtering her work through synesthesia, Westmoreland explains that the visual imagery evokes the sound and smell of the plants in the Sun Porch.

Westmoreland has exhibited nationally and internationally at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, NY; Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Otto’s Abode, Wanakena, NY; Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, Dowell, MD; Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA; Can Serrat Residency, El Bruc, Spain; The Visual Arts Center, University of Texas, Austin; and the LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY; among others. Public commissions include an installation at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse in Brooklyn and a digital painting for the Red Hook Interim Flood Protection Mural Project. Westmoreland earned her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas, Austin.

Meet the Artist and Participatory Event

The artist thanks Rockland Colloid and Big Sand Woodworking

Click here to learn more about the artist. A release about the 2018 season in the Sunroom Project Space is available here.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.