Forward for Small Obsessions

Katie Sehr creates work that has an allure which is not immediately easy to understand. Drawing with a complexity that shares a kinship to an object reality more emotionally connected to painting or sculpture.

Drawing is wonderful, like a solo in a musical composition – paired down with no space to hide – the line is naked. In juxtaposition to the orchestral reality of painting in which a completely covered surface allows the occasional stray stroke to hide. Sehr’s work occupies the space with the sensibility and full lushness that one associates with painting, but doesn’t provide itself with an exit option of layered hideouts.

Space or where the line is not creates an optical depth that normally is tangible with sculpture – providing a dimensionality. Our eyes move around finding pockets and mounds, but not the parlor trick of op art. Just as we find and define these spaces we are not able to escape the lines that provide their definition and then return to them as a track to follow.

On the pathway of the line, where does it start and finish, we try to keep up with or understand the code. At a point when we feel our most overwhelmed, getting to the ground of what we are experiencing, our mental agility tested, we reside in the place where the complete feeling resides. Arrival at an emotional space that is the liminal, neither here nor there, but is ours and shared with the artist. Being occupied by this moment of understanding we are presumably safe in what we see. It is at that moment, when most comfortable, our mind starts to notice the variation of density of the mark making and we return again, happily.


-Scott Propeack, Associate Director / Chief Curator at Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

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Gold on Mulberry Paper

Gold on Mulberry

Untitled • Ink on paper • 2015 • 28″w x 55″h

Press Release for upcoming solo show at Western New York Book Arts Center

Buffalo, N.Y. – January 8, 2015 – The Western New York Book Arts Center presents

Katherine Sehr: Small Obsessions, an exhibition by Katherine Sehr on view from January 30th through March 13th, 2015. An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 30th from 6pm-9pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Small Obsessions is a series of large-scale meditative color field drawings produced from 2006-2014. Sehr’s work represents her skill and discipline as an artist merged with her past experience as a performer, combining expression, movement, timing, intuition and discipline into each drawing. Her drawings are heavily driven by process and follow a variation of pattern, representing a slow accumulation of lines across the paper. The use of color is limited which is both subtle and calming, mirroring her process. Sehr draws her inspiration from a number of different sources including Taoism, calligraphy, philosophy, driving, mathematics, dancing, history, and art history.

Katherine Sehr (born 1978) is a visual artist who lives and works in Buffalo, N.Y. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago with a concentration in print media. She was featured in the 2007 installment of Beyond / In Western New York. In 2008 she was represented at Art Miami by Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was formerly represented by Nina Freudenheim Gallery in Buffalo.

Sehr’s show is the first in the 5 x 12 series at WNYBAC, a NYSCA-funded yearlong residency program which features 5 artists over the course of twelve months. Katherine will also host a free artist’s talk & workshop that will give insight into her process on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 12-2pm. Pre-registration is required at Gallery hours are 12-6pm,

Wednesday-Saturday. Admission to the gallery and the opening reception is free.

The Western New York Book Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is located at 468 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. For more information visit, email, or call 716-348-1430.

Green on Mulberry Paper

Green on Mulberry paper

Untitled • Ink on paper • 2014 • 28″w x 55″h

Recent Detail December 2014

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Black Ink on Mulberry Paper

black mulberry paper


Untitled • Ink on paper • 2014 • 28″w x 55″h



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