I am currently on the road and will be out of the country until September 1. There will be no guest spots at this time, but new drawings will be posted periodically, as inspired.
Please join us for our final exhibition of 2018 at Musca Gallery | Spiritus Tattoo
Please join us for our upcoming exhibit of works by Nikolaos Hulme. Little Scorpion promises to be a myriad of thought provoking, elegant, and technical work inspired by harsh desert wilderness as metaphor.
Join Us August 4th, 7-10pm at Spiritus Tattoo / Musca Gallery for opening reception.
We're a Little Bit Trashy
I’ve just returned from Sweden and Germany, where I did some installation work on an island near Stockholm, called Ideas Island. This project was an incredible opportunity, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I built a nest, brought in a rare bird, and together we made art come to life. The nest will remain on Ideas Island and I'm hoping to return in the coming years to tidy it up and build another piece there.
The concept was born of my stream of consciousness project, an illustrative design process that conjures itself from my current experience, emotionally, socially, and contemplatively. Over the last 3 years, they were born out some tough realizations that ultimately thrust me forward, ensuring growth and release. Eventually I shared the work, and to my surprise, they had a captive audience. Since I am a tattoo artist as well as a mixed fine artist, I was asked to tattoo these works. I had to figure a way in justifying the process of having others wear my (most often inspired by) emotional pain. The potential recipients would write a short essay about their connection with a particular piece, and I would grant it as a tattoo only once, to a recipient that seemed to redeem the work in its reception, through their translation, thus transforming them into a positive piece. This is the beauty of interpretative works.
After a few years, the drawings came less, a testament to my personal progress, I feel.
This leads me to Ideas Island.
While a book of my stream of consciousness pieces is being published at home, a new concept was born there. To bring some of the themes to life. I brought in a friend from Berlin to model for me, as one of the bird beaked figures I’d drawn, liberated.
Now I will pursue opportunities that allow me to build and produce a body of work that transcends flesh and paper, and demonstrates a deeper connection to waking life.
Model: Mascha Lagnia
Installation and photo by yours truly.
More to come on this project!
a multi series exhibit of works by Katharine M Dearwester
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
Spiritus Tattoo Studio
3127 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43202
This exhibit is made of 5 different series-related mixed media works, pertaining to the (ongoing) Stream of Consciousness (illustrations),
Little Loners series (illustrations), HELL IS REAL mixed media series, raw materials installation, and homage to 21 years as a professional tattoo artist.
There are 2 books in the works for the illustrative work, which will be made available, along with limited edition prints.
Keep an eye out for presale of books and contests.
A Facebook event page has been set up for current news about the show, you can find that HERE.
Hope to see you there!
I'm very excited to have another female artist at our studio next week. Georgina hails from the UK, and will be here visiting. I know I can't keep myself from a working vacation, and I'm very excited to host her. Take a look at her work via social media @georginaliliane and Facebook: Facebook.com/georginatattoo.
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Spiritus is looking to hire a couple of experienced and top notch tattooers to join our crew! You must have at least 3 years tattooing experience at a reputable studio, positive, fun attitude, and offer a unique style of quality work. We are also welcoming guest artists at our studio for the year 2017. Please spread the word to those who might be interested.
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Over the course of 6 months from late spring to early fall, 2016, I created a permanent outdoor installation on the grounds of the Open Air Art Museum in Holmes County, Ohio.
This piece was unveiled on October 6th, 2016. A most beautiful day and wonderful turnout of support, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I have the attendees to thank, Jordan Calame of curatorial expertise, Jason Nies of the Inn at Honey Run, and the Corron team of documentarians. Soon I will have footage of the exhibit, but here's a nice snapshot of the opening night. The woods were illuminated, the sound of inner clockwork rang through the woods to create an all sensory experience, and Being Time was lit up for the first time for all guests to view.
It was an incredible experience top say the least.
My book is closed to all custom work for 2016. I will announce in early December for openings in early 2017. Until then, I will dedicate my time to stream of consciousness drawings (which I will offer as tattoos), other art projects, and travels. Thank you for your support.
Earlier this year, I was commissioned to create an installation for The Inn at Honey Run for their Open Air Art Museum in Holmes County, Millersburg, Ohio. I had the privilege of staying at the Inn 6 days a month since April to work on this project, and to explore the area as I gathered inspiration for it. It's been transformative, in too many ways to list, and soon this project draws to a close as October 1st is the deadline for this piece.
This brings me to the official opening. I have titled this piece "Being Time", as it's the latter half of the day, the PM hours, and the end cap of the trail at the Inn at Honey Run and their Open Air Art Museum. You will walk through the timepiece, as you ARE time.
Please join us for an evening of German cuisine made especially for this event by the head chef at the Inn, an unveiling of the work, chock full of great symbolism, and drinks afterward. You may book for dinner tickets and/or accommodations HERE
During the first week go June, I will be doing work with individuals at the Springfield Juvenile Detention Center. I have enlisted the help of 5 local artists, illustrators, and tattooers to join me each day while we draw with those currently housed at the facility on Converse All-Stars to design a unique pair of shoes that will commemorate their time and progress in the program. This project is created by the facility art coordinator of SJDC. I will be sharing progress that week here, blogging about it, and photographing some of the shoes as we make these pieces with them. This will be great experience to do create work with them.
I'm sorry, but I am now booked for this trip, however, feel free to email in the event that there is a cancellation.