BS Art Education 1953
Kati Casida uses handmade paper as an artistic medium and was one of the early artists to explore and establish the potential of this means of expression. In the seventies, artists were beginning to depart from the idea that paper could only be the substrate for imagery. They discovered that it was a substance that could be manipulated in a variety of ways and they gained a respect for its beauty and diversity that hitherto had been shared by few outside of Asia.
Kati has always been sensitive to the inherent qualities of her materials whether they be metal or paper. While her public sculptures rely more on the deliberate use of form and space, her paper peices exhibit an informed spontaneity; they are also more intimate and delicate, with inclusion of yarn, threads, woven parts, sticks and even pebbles of marble. Though often guided by a central idea such as nomadism in the Velvet Night Series, she is always ready to welcome the unforeseen. The newly made paper is protean matter that has an almost limitless ability to take on different forms. After the wet paper is pressed on the vacuum table, it invites improvisation; she folds, tears, or embosses the sheets following her intuition. As the paper air dries, it takes on the particular texture of whatever has been pressed against it. Kati finishes her pieces with painting and drawing that reflect her chosen theme.
Kati has traveled and studied in many countries: Norway, Greece, Israel, Japan, England, Sweden, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Peru, Holland, and Germany. She was an Artist-in-Residence in Ekeley, Edvard Munch Studio, Oslo, Norway, 1993, and also in Hydra, Greece, the studio of École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Athéns, 1982.
Kati Casida is represented by Sculpturesite Gallery in San Francisco, California.