Katrina Majkut
Medium: Fiber and Printmaking

Studio Location:
62 18th Street
Studio # 41

Email: katrina.majkut@gmail.com

Website:: www.KatrinaMajkut.com

Artist Bio:
Katrina Majkut (My'kut), a visual artist and writer, is dedicated to understanding how social traditions impact civil rights through writing and cross-stitch embroidery. She was listed as one of four international artists starting a new chapter in feminist art by Mic Media and listed as a must-see artist by Hyperallergic magazine. Majkut specializes in feminism and Western wedding traditions, which are addressed in her nonfiction book, The Adventures and Discoveries of A Feminist Bride (Black Rose Writing). She recently did an Instagram art takeover for Planned Parenthood, exhibited at Spring Break, A.I.R. Gallery, Bloomsburg University, and Victori + Mo Gallery. She has an upcoming solo show at Harford C. College. Her art catalogue is in the library at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, D.C. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Artist Statement:
My artwork centers on understanding how social traditions, like embroidery (namely cross-stitch) affect social and civil rights. Historically, I believe embroidery's limited, personal narratives and representation have contributed to restricted and adverse identity politics. I want to raise awareness as to how this cultural practice has silently, but powerfully influenced the condition of people's parity, representation, and treatment.

Ubiquitous in all cultures, the medium of embroidery contains its own patriarchal or submissive history. My threaded artworks aim to elevate the concept of craft to high-end fine art, a feminist empowerment source, and a tool for diverse expression. This is why my artwork often addresses the medium's power and how it influences identity politics (i.e., sex and gender), the body and health, semiotics, education, consumerism, and capitalism.

I want to push the boundaries of traditional embroidery by democratizing it, making it more accessible and an intersectional platform for diverse expression, education, empathy, and listening. My goal is to modernize time-honored rituals so that they support and represent modern lifestyles, values, and feminist goals. I hope modernizing them will also inspire activism and empowerment its participants. By exploring historically repressive social folk art, traditions and rituals, my artwork endeavors to graduate it beyond its domestic stereotypes. It aims to examine the nature of our customs, their affect, and create a productive conversation surrounding identity politics and the hidden social influences that hold society back.

All images and text copyright Katrina Majkut