Katelyn Eichwald American, b. 1987

Katelyn Eichwald paints with oil on rough canvas and linen, scrubbing into the woven surface like she's trying to remove a stain. Instead, she's left with the opposite - an almost archeological image sunk deep into the fiber of the painting. Maybe it's a drink in a man's hand, or a tangled rope, or the house at the end of the street with no lights on. It could be a French braid or a castle. Sometimes, figures meet and part ways in the distance, exchanging words we can't hear. Other times we're alone with a paring knife and a lit cigarette. Eichwald often uses screenshots from TV and film to find her subjects; as a result, the work is both intimate and withholding, trapped in a moment and hovering outside of time, like a stopped watch on your own wrist.
 

Katelyn Eichwald lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.  Eichwald completed her BFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and received her MFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2012.  Solo exhibitions include Castles, Galerie Sultana, Paris and Arles, France (2022); Never, Fortnight Institute, New York, US (2021) and Good Boy, Fortnight Institute, New York, US (2018).  Group exhibitions include Cut, Katelyn Eichwald and TJ Rinoski, Cob Gallery, London, UK (2022); About Painting, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Rome, Italy (2022); Portals: Katelyn Eichwald, Dominique Knowles, Reina Sugihara, Elsa Site, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan (2022); Stress Tested, co curated by Emma cc Cook, Public Gallery, London (2021); David Byrd: In Resonance, Flesicher/ Ollman, Philadelphia, US (2021-2022); Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute, New York, US (2021); Library arrangement, Reading Room, Melbourne, Australia; Face in the Wind, Gracie DeVito, Katelyn Eichwald, Hugo Montoya, Et al., San Fransisco, US (2021); Hunters in the Snow, 303 Gallery, New York, US (2021); You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory, VSOP Projects, Greenport, New York, US (2019); Karma Book Market, Fortnight Institute, New York City, US (2017).