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Meet Katja Farin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katja Farin.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I have been painting for years and studied Fine Art at UCLA. After undergrad, I was able to rent a studio and continue painting. I was asked to go to the Dumfries Drawing Residency in Scotland last year, which really helped my practice.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been struggles along the way as any artists would experience. I am really only starting out my journey and know that there is more to come. After coming out, I started exploring my sexuality and my gender through my paintings. It gave me a way to understand myself and the culture around me. Painting became an escape and a resource to understand who I was. Now I hope that I can make work that can explore queerness, interpersonal relationships, and the self, that is driven by my perspective but not overcome by it.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My work is currently focused on how bodies interact in a two-dimensional space. I have been referencing different carry positions, theatre set design and theory. I want to show emotional weight through physical posture.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment in my career so far has been going to the Dumfries House residency in Scotland. I was able to truly my work my main focus and be able to see myself as a full-time painter. I am excited to see what the future holds.

Contact Info:

  • Website: katjafarin.com
  • Email: farinkatja@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @katjafarin

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