Katherine Raffa

Artist Statement

My work explores concepts of nature and the environment. Always fascinated by animals, plants, and outdoor spaces, I like to think about the impression we leave on the natural world as well as the impression it leaves on us. As humans, we don’t view nature the same way nature views nature. However, we too are a part of nature, and in many ways we like it close but not too close. Some of my work acknowledges how people commonly value nature primarily for its aesthetics or by what use it offers humanity. I also like to focus on the balance between the indoor and outdoor life, artificiality, and appropriation. Temporality is another recurring theme in my work, as oftentimes both the physical state and personal meaning of what we encounter in our lives is continually subject to change.