April Katz is an associate professor who teaches printmaking at Iowa State University. She is currently serving as president of the Southern Graphics Council, the largest printmaking organization in the world. Katz exhibits her work extensively in juried shows throughout the country. She has presented workshops at Arrowmont and at Frogman's Press. Her prints are in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Through juxtapositions, transparent overlays of paint and ink, shifts in space, grid-like structures and implied narratives I convey the sense of time's passage along with personal and cultural memory. The images incorporated into my work refer to issues of identity and communication. I examine the factors that help to shape us as individuals. References to our biological foundation and to cultural and environmental roots are important elements in these prints that reflect my research into cellular biology and ancient Mesopotamian cultures. These themes are metaphorically conveyed through images that include cellular structures and scientific visual notations, clusters of chairs, figures, ancient writing and family photographs.
University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History
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