Bio

Katherine Spinella is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. She explores the fallacy of human dominance and mastery over the natural world, while transporting the refuse of commerce into fractured, elevated, and philosophically personified artifacts. As a collector, Spinella uses printmaking, sculpture, and photography as a means of archiving and deconstructing commonplace objects and materials in search of their embedded ideological meaning.

Spinella has exhibited at Musée de Charmey in Charmey, Switzerland and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR and most recently at Littman + White Gallery, Carnation Contemporary, Woodshop Projects and One Grand Gallery. Images of her work are published with essay Artist as Archivist by Georgia Erger in Peripheral Vision’s Journal No. 7. She has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, and Women's Studio Workshop and is an MFA (2013) graduate from the University of Oregon.


Along with a rigorous studio practice, Spinella is co-founder and member of Carnation Contemporary; a collective of Portland-based artists who support critical and contemporary artwork from emerging and mid-career artists.