Using a variety of techniques, Katherine Gulla explores our experience of nature and light in the city. Gulla uses art, design and industrial techniques to make photo sculptures, vinyl installations and stenciled paintings. Born in Berkeley, California, she grew up in New York City, and lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. After studying painting, her early work evolved into video art and then documentary television. As a freelance writer/producer of video and new media, she worked with many different technologies and industries. Because her ideas often call for finding new forms of presentation, this experience comes in handy.
Since transitioning back to fine arts, Gulla’s work has been shown widely throughout New England. 555 Gallery in Boston represents her painting, photography and mixed media pieces. The Path paintings were on view at 555 Gallery in the 2017 show, Pairings. Exhibitions at Danforth Art in Massachusetts include a solo show and the Annual with 2nd Prize in 2016, and Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2014. Gallery Kayafas in Boston featured Gulla’s photo sculptures and paintings in one-person and two-person shows in 2008 and 2006. Her works are in private and corporate collections and in the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Corporate Program.
My paintings, photographs and mixed media works investigate our experience of ephemeral visual phenomena, encompassing trees casting shadows, reflections gleaming on puddles, and lights illuminating asphalt.
Leaves and branches are primary subjects of my photographic work. Reflections on car glass curve with the shape of the car. I wanted to physically bend the image, extending the distortion created by sunlight. Forest is an installation of photographic transparencies of tree reflections in Plexiglas tubes. The containers force the two-dimensional prints into three-dimensional cylinders.
In my paintings, rain puddle drawings became a series of shapes made with stencils. Like the photographs, the paintings are abstractions of found shapes.
The shapes in the Path paintings follow the walking trails in the Arnold Arboretum. Each painting represents a section of the park map.
Drawing, painting, photography, and digital techniques are part of my process. In my work, I lift fleeting images off surfaces and make them into objects.