Artist: Katja Fritzche

Cast Glass
  • Artist Statement:

    The opposing tension and breadth of many human characteristics are shared by animals — strength/fragility, stability/flight, grace/boldness, aggression/submission. I am inspired by their life expression of grace, strength, beauty and raw sensuality. By exploring the architecture of animal’s heads and their bodies with glass, steel and other materials, I bring them into our lives and our shared emotional states. The sculptures are extensions of ourselves.

    As a child I experienced the tension of opposing worlds — the rough rawness of the South Chicago steel mills, the stark beauty of Chicago’s architecture, and the sensuality of animals portrayed in the halls of taxidermy in Chicago’s Museum of Natural History. I see myself strongly attracted both by man’s industrial mastering of materials and by the untouched nature of the Southwest, my present home.

  • AWARDS

    First Prize in juried show, County Bay Museum, Bay City, MI
    Graduation Award, Washington University
    Scholarship to The International School of Art
    Carolyn Rique Janis Award, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    Corning Prize Nominee, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
  • 2013 Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
    2012 Mesa Art Center, Sand and Fire, Phoenix, AZ
    Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
    Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Il
    2011 Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
    Museo Gallery, Langley, WA
    Janine Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
    Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2009 Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Museo Gallery, Langley, WA
    2008 Davis Dominguez Gallery,Tucson, AZ
    The Edge Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
    Museo Gallery, Langley, WA
    2007 Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
    2006 William Traver Gallery, Into the Woods,Seattle,WA
    2004 William Traver Gallery,The Strong and Noble, Seattle, WA
    Davis Dominguez Gallery, Beasts in Bronze, Tucson, AZ
    2001 William Traver Gallery, Endurance, Seattle, WA
    Anne Reed Gallery, Art with Content, Ketchum, ID
    SOFA, with R.Duane Reed Gallery, Chicago, IL
    R. Duane Reed Gallery, Passion and Beasts, Chicago, IL
    2000 Davis Dominguez Gallery, New Artist Series, Tucson, AZ
    William Traver Gallery, Beasts, Seattle, WA
    R. Duane Reed Gallery, 20/20 Clear Vision, Chicago, IL
    Bainbridge Arts Center, Pacific Northwest Invitational, Bainbridge Island, WA
    1998 Heller Gallery, Glass Invitational, New York, NY
    Simon Edwards Gallery, From Fire to Ice, Yakima, WA
    Sea-Tac Airport, Public Art Space held for six months, Seattle, WA
    1997 Bubba Mavis Gallery, Heads and Tails, Seattle, WA
    Sea-Tac Airport, Exhibition organized by Marjory Aronson, Seattle, WA
    1996 Fosdick- Nelson Gallery, M.F.A. Show, Alfred, NY
    1995 Pyramid Gallery, Kinetic Art, Rochester, NY
    1994 The Glass Gallery, Glass Invitational, Bethesda, MD
    Robert Turner Gallery, First Year Graduate Show, Alfred, NY
    1993 Bay County Museum, Expressions in Glass, Bay City, MI
    1992 South Bend Museum of Art, The Midwestern Sculpture Exhibition, South Bend, IN