Friday, October 4, 2013

Hope after Loss: Momentum Tulsa Artist Katy Seals

Katy Seals, Norman
Katy Seals, Jarrell, Texas 1995: Dairy Queen Deluxe, serigraph
Laura Reese: What is your concept and inspiration for this work in Momentum?
Katy Seals: Jarrell, Texas 1995 series is loosely based around an F5 tornado that cleared out the town of Jarrell, Texas.  In May of 1995 I remember taking shelter after school twenty miles north of Jarrell.  The devastation from the storm effected people in my life and effected the way I perceive weather. In May of this year the tornado that hit Moore reminded me of the terror that struck the town of Jarrell and the paranoia that shook the surrounding towns. 

Katy Seals, Jarrell, Texas 1995: Kerri, serigraph
Please explain the technique and/or process you used to create this work.
Working with reductive style screen print, I use vibrant pinks and blacks to create Jarrell, Texas 1995.  The arrays of pink counterbalance the heavy-handed themes of loss from natural disaster and show a glimpse of hope and optimism.  
Other prints and textiles I have made can be seen at

Momentum Tulsa opens October 12 with live music, performance and visual art by 51 young Oklahomans. The exhibition remains on display until October 24 at Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E Brady. Learn more or buy tickets at

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