Katie Struk

Bio

Katie is a Middle Tennessee artist, cat enthusiast and scribbler of cartoons. She spends much of her time doodling comics, playing ukulele, and searching the internet for the next derpy animal to draw. When she’s not sketching and petting kittens she also teachs high school art.


Arist Statment 

 

Don’t let the world make you hard.

Things are hectic and anxiety-inducing in much of our culture today. I often feel the overwhelming pressure of society to worry and stress about every hardship that exists. It’s all too easy to be depressed about the past or anxious about the future. The topics I seek to explore through my art is how to joyfully exist in the present and how to approach the world around us with kindness and hopefulness.

Rainbows, sparkles, and cats are my response to my own inner cynicism and pessimism. I pose the question, is there courage in bold naivety and radical compassion? I explore this particular question with Taco the raccoon. He's a naive character who looks at things with optimism. He knows that with every storm cloud there is still a blue sky somewhere behind it. My art is a reminder to myself to exist in the moment and embrace the joys in life.

 

 
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.
— Vincent Van Gogh