Katherine Spinella (b. 1985 Michigan) uses printmaking, sculpture, and photography as a means of archiving and deconstructing objects and materials in search of their embedded ideological meaning. Exploring the fallacy of human dominance and mastery over nature through found moments of lost replication, she considers life distilled and concentrated into the quiet physicality of objects that are cast away, cover or encase. Spinella instructs printmaking and foundations courses at universities and non-profit art organizations. Currently, she is instructing printmaking part-time at Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and will soon be teaching foundations courses at Linn-Benton Community College. Spinella has recently served as an instructor at the Independent Publishing Resource Center and Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Recently her work has been included in exhibitions at at UNA Gallery in Portland, Ore.; Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.; Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Cal.; and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Ore. She has received two professional development grants from the Oregon Arts Commission to attend residencies at Kala Art Institute and Vermont Studio Center. Additionally, she has attended residencies at the Portland Art Museum, Women’s Studio Workshop, and exhibited her work at the Musée de Charmey in Switzerland. In 2017 she was selected for a publication fellowship through Peripheral Vision Arts by curator and critic Georgia Erger to be included in the forthcoming journal, Issue 7. Spinella received her M.F.A. in interdisciplinary studio arts with an emphasis in printmaking and sculpture from the University of Oregon in 2013. She currently lives in Portland, Ore. See her projects at www.katherinespinella.com.