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Artist Spotlight | Katy Horan

For the past few years, Austin artist Katy Horan has explored female roles, including the spinster and the widow, and women's hysteria during the Victorian era.

For the past few years, Austin artist Katy Horan has explored female roles, including the spinster and the widow, and women's hysteria during the Victorian era. She has also looked at the lives of women in other parts of history, as well as in art and mythology. However, for her upcoming work, she explains, she’s revisiting Southern and Eastern European folklore and fairy tales for inspiration. “I’m kind of returning to my lifelong interest,” says 33-year-old Horan, who lives in the Rosedale neighborhood with her husband, Daniel Bloomfield. “Once you start pulling at the web of folklore, it’s expansive. I try to shove as much random information into my head and attempt to piece it together. I usually get into one subject and I’ll produce a body of work.” In addition to working on illustrations based on traditional murder ballads, Horan has been gathering material on magic and superstitions, as well as folklore of the Appalachian and Ozark mountains for her new pieces. She will also be part of an October show with Brooklyn artist Stephanie Chambers and Louisville, Kentucky artist Kathleen Lolley at Grayduck Gallery in South Austin. “I’m creating work specifically for it,” says Horan, who has a degree in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and works largely in mixed media on paper. She says she’s thankful to be able to show new work on her home turf. “It’s always great to contribute to the diverse art community here. I was in New York—Brooklyn, mainly. My husband and I needed a change, and Austin is a perfect solution for that. We moved here about four years ago. It was really nice to come back to a more natural place and be surrounded by things that are a little more folksy.” For more information about Horan’s work, visit katyart.com.


Image courtesy of Katy Horan


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