Photograph with a mottled light grey-white sky and a statue in the foreground from the shoulders up of a woman with long hair and hand supporting her head under the chin. The statue is worn, losing details, and a leaf pattern has been imposed over her face.

Katherine Gulla: Passage

Katherine Gulla’s work has long been about the natural world and how we move through it.  Passage presents work from three series—Path, Falling, and Fossil—whose names imply the process, travails, and remnants of the journey the artist envisions through her work.  

There is an inherently meditative quality to all of Katherine Gulla’s works, something that is felt across media. In her studies of how the natural world responds to climate change, she translates the apprehension that permeates our daily lives into a coolly mysterious journey through the everyday landscape. Walks through places like the Arnold Arboretum, contemplative in their own right, become abstracted forms that transcend the natural world. Funerary monuments are juxtaposed with natural patterns, and the imprints that appear to float on these largely androgynous and stoic figures evoke ways in which the manmade and natural collide. Subtle, neutral, glacial tones remind us of absence, loss, and forces of nature beyond our control.

Missed Katherine’s artist talk? Click above to view a conversation between the artist and the exhibition curator.

And be sure to see Passage in person before February 28!


Dates: September 19, 2020 - February 28, 2021
Participating artists: Katherine Gulla
Blue-purple panel with silver blob patterns in a curve from bottom right to top left.
Katherine Gulla, Hunnewell Path , 2014, Acrylic/Canvas on Panel
Blue-purple panel with silver blob patterns in a row from top right to bottom left, splitting in two at the end.
Katherine Gulla, Hemlock Hill Road , 2015, Acrylic/Canvas on Panel
Blue-purple panel with silver blob patterns in an arching row from bottom left to top right before coming back down to center bottom.
Katherine Gulla, Meadow , 2014, Acrylic/Canvas on Panel
Installation photograph of three blue-purple panels with sliver elongated leaf patterns scattered on each.
Katherine Gulla, Path , 2014-2015, Acrylic/Canvas on panel
Photograph of a girl in marble with pulled back long hair with a bow and a ruffled high collard top. A shadow leaf pattern has been imposed over her face. The sky is grey.
Katherine Gulla, Fossil 121 , 2015, Archival Pigment Print
Photograph of an angel sculpture from chest up, with wings making a large rounded hood covering. There are hints of sunlight across her face. The sky is grey and clouded.
Katherine Gulla, Fossil 283 , 2015, Archival Pigment Print
Photograph of a child in marble with a placid expression, short wavy hair, and a high collard shirt with beaded necklace. A shadow leaf pattern has been imposed over her face. The sky is grey and clouded.
Katherine Gulla, Fossil 300 , 2016, Archival Pigment Print
Installation photograph of a floor piece in black, stretching vertically to the top of the photograph, with large connected silver splotches.
Katherine Gulla, Floor Piece , 2012, Vinyl on Felt
White panel with abstract arched black figures representing leaves falling
Katherine Gulla, Falling 10 , 2018, Vinyl on powder coated aluminum
White panel with abstract arched black figures representing leaves falling
Katherine Gulla, Falling 2 , 2017, Vinyl on powder coated aluminum
White panel with abstract arched black figures representing leaves falling
Katherine Gulla, Falling 5 , 2017, Vinyl on Powder Coated Aluminum