Katie Barrie analyzes the aesthetics of leisure and societal implications of taste in her acrylic and mixed media paintings on canvas. Using highly saturated, matte acrylic paints, she suppresses illusory surface effects to stress the flatness of the canvas and the visual syncopation of her modulated color palette. Her warm color palette and summery patterns draw from picturesque suburban neighborhoods and extravagent architectural scenes from travels abroad. Most recently, Barrie explores the aesthetics of vacation, stating, “My work examines the aesthetics of leisure, the implications of good and bad taste, and what it means to live one’s best life. The idea of the beach or pool-side getaway is a relatively new concept, only practiced for a handful of generations. And yet, it is something most individuals fantasize about luxuriating in. We seek out experiences in particular locations because we are led to believe that we will be happier, more fulfilled people if we do so. My practice analyzes the visual cues and aspirational indulgences that Western society has routinely gravitated towards in pursuit of leisure.”
Barrie received her BFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan in 2011 and MFA from VCUarts in 2019. She has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, 100 West Cosicana, the Same & Adele Golden Foundation, and the Creative Center of Stövarjördur in the East Fjords of Iceland. She currently lives and works in Richmond, VA.