STATEMENT

Daily rituals are by-products or symptoms of distress.  They originate to create a means for distraction, and thus provide temporary relief.  Although the initial sensation can never be equally replicated, the ritual will be carried out indefinitely, or until it is replaced.  

 

Composed through repetition, the work provides reason for neurotic rituals beyond the internal logic.  It carries a cathartic tune while finding its place to sing the melody proudly, even if ironically so.

BIO

Born in a fifty-two square mile town, Kaitlyn R. Meeks grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey where she lived with her parents and two siblings.  

 

After tasting a variety of materials and disciplines, Meeks entered a Visual Arts program at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ, earning an AFA in 2012.  Gaining an enlightening opportunity to study ceramics with Ann Tsubota and Bill Macholdt, she went on to purse a BFA at Montclair State University.  While in the ceramics program, Meeks was a studio assistant as well as a teacher assistant. Graduating in 2014, she received the award "Excellence in Ceramics, 2014".  

 

Less than a week after graduation Meeks began a two-month artist intern assistantship to artist Jae Yong Kim, and transitioned into a full-time studio management position.  Alongside this two year experience, she maintained a studio practice in the greater Newark, NJ area.  

In the autumn of 2016, Meeks entered into the Metalsmithing Department for MFA candidacy at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she currently is studying with artist-in-resience Iris Eichenberg.  In 2017, she completed an elective in the ceramics department with artist-in-residence Ian McDonald.  Her anticipated graduation is dated for May of 2018. 

Meeks has shown work through group exhibitions in galleries such as but not limited to the Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY, the Fe Gallery, Sacramento, CA, the Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY and Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

© 2018 BY KAITLYN R. MEEKS 

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