Katherine Westerhout

Lives and Works Oakland, CA
JD, New College of California, San Francisco, CA
BA Art/Photography, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Katherine Westerhout Gallery Art

Electric Works, San Francisco, CA
Sepia International Gallery, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Chandra Cerrito, Napa Valley, CA

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Alameda County Public Art Collection, CA
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
The Zen Center, San Francisco, CA
Adobe Systems, San Jose, CA
David Baker, Architect, San Francisco, CA
Walter Hood Design, Oakland, CA
Zukor Art Conservation, Oakland, CA
Mumm, Napa Valley, CA

Katherine Westerhout adopts once magnificent ruins as the subjects of her work, capturing abandoned civic and industrial building interiors for her architectural portraits. The artist has corresponded with preservationists and urban "spelunkers," to find and document interesting buildings in locations around the United States, from Detroit to Philadelphia, Yonkers to Gary, Indiana. Gaining inspiration from her dreams, Westerhout views the building interiors as reflections of our own psyche and more specifically our attitudes towards community spaces and preservation in this day and age. Instead of seeing the spaces as dilapidated remains, the artist believes that they hold a "magical presence" obtained over the years of exchange and emotion that have filled the space.

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