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Katy Lester

sometimes as heartache, sometimes elation
October 2 - 15 2015

This work investigates shifting emotions and the fragility and malleability of things once thought of as permanent and fixed.

Katy Lester is an artist currently living in Seattle, WA. She graduated with double degrees in Photomedia (BFA) and Journalism (BA) from the University of Washington in 2014. Her work is typically grounded in the building and deterioration of relationships, whether they be with people, places, things or the individual self.

Artist Statement: I created this body of work with the intention of investigating how our association with different thoughts and feelings changes as we go through our lives. Something that has always fascinated me is how people’s opinions are subject to outside influence, as well as the way that that influence may or may not be applied as further stigma to our preexisting notions. While I continue to feel passionate about so many things, I also experience this passion in ways that are not necessarily positive.  

This notion has been weighing heavy on me lately due to the House decision to defund Planned Parenthood. As someone who identifies as a feminist, I feel familiar with the roller coaster of emotions that comes with identifying this way. While I often find strength with other women in this, at other times find myself discouraged when friends or family say or do things that negate what it means to be a feminist. In the specific case of Planned Parenthood, I recognize that I once sought solace in knowing this was a resource and safe space for myself and millions of other women and men, and I now experience anger at the myriad of misunderstandings that ultimately led to its defunding.

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