8.5 x 11 inches and 8 x 10.5 inches
oil, ink, and shellac on paper

“I went into grad school last fall with investments in the idea of what painting was. A painting is supposed to have a certain material sumptuousness and a certain level of production value. Your studies are just studies, and nobody needs to see them. Unmoored by the newness of my surroundings, I held fast to this idea and made two of the least adventurous paintings I’ve made in recent memory. With the benefit of a little distance, I think I see what people around me sawthat maybe the work was already happening in the modesty of my preparatory drawings and sketches. I’m happy to present these works as the work instead, and to reflect on how much can be lost by booting the process to the periphery.”

Katherine Du (b. 1992, Boulder, Colorado) investigates the dissonances in diasporic identity through archives of personal and collective experience. She is currently an MFA candidate in painting at Yale School of Art, received her BA in Studio Art from Wesleyan University, and attended Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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