Katie Green is a visual artist creating intimate watercolour personas that are eerie and ethereal. These emotionally visceral reflections provide Katie with a healing process that manifests as visual characters and scenes that explore internal emotional landscapes. For Katie, the process of painting is one of searching as she waits for something or someone to emerge. Inside this in-between presence is where surprises come forward and characters from unseen places take shape in visual ways. Being in relationship with the beings that appear becomes a form of therapeutic release, helping to both guide and nurture something within. Using these watercolours as the inspirational foundation for her practice, Katie creates murals that abstract feelings and forms into immersive scenes where fantastical beings morph and melt together within imagined worlds. Increasingly, her mural projects involve communities in a process of mask making that result in large-scale public expressions of hidden identities, emotional realities, and internal experiences.
Katie resides in Mohkínstsis in Treaty 7 Territory (Calgary, Alberta). Her work has been supported by grants from the Canada Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Calgary Arts Development and by various international residencies including the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Vermont Studio Centre. Her murals have been executed in Canada, the United States, Taiwan, and Germany. Working in a number of different contexts, from puppet builder to muralist to workshop facilitator, her collaborators include The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, cSPACE King Edward, The Esker Foundation, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, Pink Flamingo, The Calgary Drop-In and Rehabilitation Centre, Nelson and District Arts Council, and the Beltline Urban Mural Project.