Katie Lemieux was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She holds an Honors in Fine Arts in ceramics from Lakehead University in 2016 and a Masters in Fine Arts from the Peck School of the Arts in Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2019). In 2015 Katie was invited to participate in a six week residency at the renowned Jingdhezhen Facility in the province of Sanbao, China. She has exhibited in group shows in Canada, the USA and Europe, with recent exhibitions in Green Bay, USA and Busan, South Korea (Hello Artist 열린 예 술 공간, 2021). Katie works as an artist in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
‘I explore visual cues of non-verbal communication, or the paraverbal, looking to lure the viewer into replicating expressions or postures before them, signalling an empathetic response. I am fascinated by the intricacies of posture and facial expression as its own means of communication. Clay has the capacity to recreate the more subtle and romantic aspects of our bodies, the way it replicates the weight of flesh. The rawness of the ceramic medium also allows me to reflect on the fundamentality of the process. It is unrefined tactility in kinship with the human psyche that drives my sculptural practice.’
Gwen Strojich Fellowship Recipient 2022