grayDUCK Gallery presents Katy Horan: "Rooms" opening reception
In 2018, Katy Horan decided to shift her focus away from female archetypes and folklore to explore some of the harder things people go through in life such as violence, loss, mental illness, fear, and trauma. Katy turned mostly to film, music, and my own life experience for inspiration, and almost three years later, this show is the result.
Although the themes are, at their core, abstractly emotional, archetypes have found their way into the work: The madwoman, the pioneer woman, the final girl, the mother, the victim, and the survivor. As Katy sought ways to tell stories about some of the hardships we face in life, these figures presented themselves to her, so she used them to populate the work. An unexpected thing happened as she was developing these pieces: the women started showing up for each other. They began to tend to one another and hold space, which was a relief. she was starting to feel bad for what she was putting my characters through. This mirrors her own life. She has always been lucky to know incredible women, but as the pandemic continued and she got deeper into the work’s subject matter, these bonds strengthened, and she has received some support from other women.
The exhibition will remain on display through January 9.