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Where Math and Nature Meet Art: Katy Ann Gilmore

02.26.16 | By
Where Math and Nature Meet Art: Katy Ann Gilmore
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Unraveling Net, 2016 Mural at 3400 West Olive in Burbank, CA inside the newly opened Networks Cafe through Branded Arts 9 ft x 27 ft Montana acrylic marker on wall. Photo by Mark Skovorodko

Unraveling Net, 2016
Mural at 3400 West Olive in Burbank, CA inside the newly opened Networks Cafe through Branded Arts
9 ft x 27 ft
Montana acrylic marker on wall. Photo by Mark Skovorodko

LA artist Katy Ann Gilmore, who I’ve been obsessively following on Instagram for quite some time now because I can’t get enough of everything triangles, is blowing up. She earned her BA in Mathematics, Art, and Spanish from Greenville College in Greenville, IL and an MFA in Visual Art from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. Her work is unique in that she takes a lot of inspiration from her background in mathematics and merges it with both nature and art, resulting in intricate drawings that exist in their own space.

Stretch Number 1, 2016 16" x 20" pen on 300 gsm paper

Stretch Number 1, 2016
16″ x 20″
pen on 300 gsm paper

Her recent interest are using white ink on dark paper, and includes a lot of thoughts about paths and dissolving areas of landscape-like forms. You can see how she grows her organic forms using geometry and brings them together with nature like a topographic map, and you can even watch her making them in her short process videos on Instagram.

Parallel Planes Intersecting Landscape, 2015 24" x 36" pen and acrylic ink on 140 lb paper

Parallel Planes Intersecting Landscape, 2015
24″ x 36″
pen and acrylic ink on 140 lb paper

Dissolve Number 3, 2016 8" x 10" pen on 300 gsm paper

Dissolve Number 3, 2016
8″ x 10″
pen on 300 gsm paper

State of Dissolve, 2015 Mural on the campus of Greenville College in Greenville, IL 10 ft x 15 ft Montana acrylic marker on wall

State of Dissolve, 2015
Mural on the campus of Greenville College in Greenville, IL
10 ft x 15 ft
Montana acrylic marker on wall

State of Dissolve, 2015 Mural on the campus of Greenville College in Greenville, IL 10 ft x 15 ft Montana acrylic marker on wall

State of Dissolve, 2015
Mural on the campus of Greenville College in Greenville, IL
10 ft x 15 ft
Montana acrylic marker on wall

Path Number 1, 2015 14" x 20" pen on 300 gsm paper

Path Number 1, 2015
14″ x 20″
pen on 300 gsm paper

Path Number 2, 2016 8" x 10" pen on 300 gsm paper

Path Number 2, 2016
8″ x 10″
pen on 300 gsm paper

Sky Cube, 2015 11.75" x 16.5" pen and ink on 140 lb paper

Sky Cube, 2015
11.75″ x 16.5″
pen and ink on 140 lb paper

Connected Vertices Number 4, 2015
5″ x 7″
pen and acrylic ink on 140 lb paper
Projected Terrain, 2015 24" x 36" pen on 140 lb paper

Projected Terrain, 2015
24″ x 36″
pen on 140 lb paper

Katy will be showing in Gauntlet Gallery’s annual 12×12 show opening March 11 in San Francisco, and is currently doing a residency with Red Bull House of Art in Detroit, which culminates in an exhibition opening April 29 with the other two resident artists.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.