Meet Katie Knoeringer - Artist in Residence


Can you describe your work for us in 7 words or less?

Simplified colorful worlds that celebrate visual experience. 

Being an artist can be a challenging profession, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't worry about the end result. Just keep making what you love and stay focused.


What are you listening to at the moment?

Dan Deacon,  the Shivers, and storytelling podcasts like Heavyweight and Snap Judgement 

What do you look at for inspiration?
The neighborhood.  I run and bike around a lot. Certain times of day and certain landmarks on my runs inspire me.

What artists inspire you most?

Kerry James Marshall,  the French illustrator Blex Bolex, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Suzanne Bocanegra-- I saw her show at Fabric Workshop recently. 


Who would be a dream artist to collaborate with?

Maybe Swoon since she has made work in and about Philadelphia.  Her work has a lot to do with people, and although I don't incorporate portraits into my work, I think about people a lot.  Houses can stand in for people, a metaphor for the body and the head, not to mention their specific appearance reflecting on  their inhabitants choices and lifestyles. 

What’s something that you learned early in your career that you feel made you a better artist?

Trusting my instincts and not relying too heavily on other people's opinions.  Feedback is important, but ultimately my work is my own.


Why did you apply to become a resident at Jasper Studios? And what did you hope to achieve during the residency program?

I applied because I like looking at things in the neighborhood.  Being at Jasper Studios gives me the opportunity to get to know a new part of Kensington.  It gives me room to think and a fresh frame of reference for the work I'm making.  I hope to make several large scale collages about the buildings in the neighborhood and striking visual moments I discover during my time at Jasper.


Katie Knoeringer