My work explores the perceptive and psychological effects of color and geometric abstraction. Each piece contains highly controlled, planned compositions that function as a personal Morse code. The physical process of making a painting is very important to me: there is always evidence of the hand at work; lines are precise in theory, but not in execution; asymmetry is a natural result of freehanded shapes. Rooted in hard edge abstraction, my work considers the impact of architecture and what color can come to represent for an individual.


Barrie received her BFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan in 2011, and is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University. Katie is from the Midwest, though has spent the majority of her adult life living in California. She has exhibited at various venues throughout the US, and has participated in residencies such as the Vermont Studio Center, 100 West Corsicana, the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, and the Creative Center of Stödvarfjördur in the East Fjords of Iceland.