Performing Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementKatherine Fahey is an artist who is fascinated with the combination of the natural and man made world. As the daughter of a cartographer she is greatly influenced by the process and product of map-making. She is a collector her process involves gathering imagery from her surroundings in order to investigate the influence of visual information on a viewer’s subjective perception of reality.
Artist, puppeteer, and designer, Katherine Fahey embodies a community of musicians, artists, and writers where elegance and authenticity are signal virtues. She has been working as a professional artist for over ten years. Her cut paper and prints have become music posters, shadow puppets, portraits, set design and animation, including lush music videos for musicians such as Wye Oak and ellen cherry. Katherine spent years designing and printing posters, shirts, and CD covers for musicians before she becoming a performer in her own right through the form of shadow puppetry. She was drawn to this art from because of its accessible, intimate, and communal nature. She has performed locally and nationally at festivals and shows. Last year she finished her largest shadow puppet show yet, a moving panorama (or crankie) for a live action film for Cortina Productions and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and is currently working a crankie for a public TV station in Kentucky and her third commissioned shadow show for the Peabody School of Music.
Katherine takes very seriously the responsibility of an artist and a storyteller to the messages they put out into the world, and works to cultivate a positive outlook and sense of wonder in her audience.