Katie Merz lived in Europe for two years before she returned to New York to go to college at Cooper Union.
Katie Merz’s abstract practice pays homage to 20th century modernists like Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Arshile Gorky. Early on in her practice she would take one of these artists on as imaginative mentors, studying their work for months at a time. Like abstract artists of that time, Katie navigates a process of expressing reality using line and color to induce dimension and feelling. Katie always begins with line, building variations on that particular moment. Much like her upbringing, a typical day in her studio is dynamic. She has to spend time alone and stay present while she executes her drawings so she balances that by integrating practical work into her days and painting large scale murals outdoors on the busy Brooklyn streets. Katie Merz’s work is a transformational navigation of space and color using line and continuum.