Katie Truk, July, 2014, wire and pantyhose, 30 x 25 x 6 in.
Katie Truk: A Year
Life is a summation of moments. Most are forgotten and taken for granted. Some flash with such brilliance we stop. My father’s diagnosis of cancer brought me to a halt. They said he had a year to live. A YEAR.
I sat in my studio incapable. There, I keep a box of pantyhose scraps. A year’s worth of dismissed pieces from artwork of the past. Unnecessary at the time of creation, but deemed too precious to trash. So began the sewing of these remembrances. Joining, reprocessing, defining the remnants into months. Nothing was to be wasted, not a bit or a thread. Once this task was completed embellishments were added to evoke my impression of that month. Again the box was filled. From those collections, the Thirty One Days emerged until nothing remained, including the year. Thankfully my father is still alive. They say he is doing well with the chemo and might get five more years. FIVE YEARS. Live every moment.—Katie Truk
About the Artist
While an undergrad at Alfred University, Katie began experimenting with pantyhose as a medium. Although she dabbled with the addition of materials for a small time and various wire gauges, it was the intercommunication of the pantyhose and reinforcing concrete wire that held the right combination. Her work is a marriage of the sensual malleability of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire. Usually one can find one of her pieces being exhibited in the tri-state area. Katie became a teacher in 2001, In the wake of 9/11. She began this journey at Creative Hands in Madison New Jersey. Since, she has taught at the Messy Artist in South Orange, Let’s Create in Boonton (now in Denville), Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, and West Windsor Art Center in West Windsor. Her role as educator forces reexamination of art history and materials, constantly exploring perspectives and understanding, while exposing and inspiring techniques and ideas for personal studio time.