Working with dye, embroidery, and silk, Katarina Riesing fragments the human body in humorous and awkward ways. Close-ups of lingerie and sexualized body parts feel deeply personal, even as the figures may be unidentifiable. Her small paintings confront with individually painted hairs and moles, while the painstaking embroidery adds a subtle decoration.
Katarina Riesing was born in Knoxville, TN and lives and works in Alfred, NY, where she also teaches at Alfred University. She received a BA from Smith College, Northampton, MA, and an MA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Solo exhibitions include Seligmann Center for the Arts, Chester, NY, SoHo20 Gallery, NY, and group exhibitions include Kristin Lorello Gallery, NY, New Discretions, NY, Field Projects, NY, Spring/Break NY, and Bertrand Productions, Philadelphia, PA. She has been awarded residencies at Saltonstall, Cite International des Arts Residency, Paris, Icelandic Textile Center, Vermont Studio Center, and New York Artist Residency and Studio Foundation (NARS). Riesing was also featured in the exhibition "Ariadne Unraveling" at Asya Geisberg Gallery in June 2019.