Prey / Pray

I wanted to keep the figure in the image but just slightly to give the feeling of hiding, or having the desire to do so. The coats turn into art objects and not just fashion pieces of desire. 

The coats represent a reflection of how I feel about contemporary society and culture, but also feminism and identity. The concept was born when I was trying to overlay language on a photograph and it failed. It hit me that I had a $10.00 vintage mink coat that was bundled up in a bag in my old apartment that my dad bought for me from an auction. Luckily my friend was living there so I went, retrieved the coat and immediately put my phrase on it, it was the perfect medium. After that coat, they became an addition that was pursuing me to continue. It was one of the first times I ever felt strong about doing self portraiture. I locked myself in the studio and got naked with these furs. Not a studio norm for me.

Original inspiration took place when I was around 10 years old when I saw a black and white photograph that my brother had taken. I stepped foot into a dark room entering 8th grade and remember the feeling I had when I saw black and white flowers emerge from the red reflected liquid on my first print. My teachers just kept telling me to keep going, so I did.

ART TO ME IS THE ABILITY TO RECREATE LIFE INTO AN OBJECT OR FORM. A GOOD ARTIST IS SOMEONE WHO PAYS ATTENTION AND HAS GOOD TASTE BEYOND SOCIAL MEDIA. SOMEONE WHO HAS SOMETHING TO SAY.

I feel like I have distinctive ways of seeing different subject matters. Kind of how we have different aspects of our personality. For instance, my fashion work I would describe as aggressive, loud. My film work is more subdued, diaristic and soft.

As far as the coats, it’s a personal goal to have Rihanna wear one. So I am working in various ways to make it possible and gain commissions from badass pop stars and big figures. As far as art, I am continuing to print on other objects, send messages. Exhibiting and publishing my work as much as possible and collaborating with other strong artists who want to send messages and make a difference.

“Imagine how you see yourself, start to act like it, and it will happen.”

KATELYN KOPENHAVER

@katelyn_kope