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Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010

Katie Scott

The girl who made and modeled the stork head on the front page of this week’s CityBeat

By Kinsee Morlan
The “Yellow-Billed-Stork-Ballerina” on the cover of CityBeat is actually a photo of artist Katie Scott wearing a stork-head mask she made by hand. She also fashioned the tutu from old plastic bags, and her husband, a commercial photographer, snapped the photo.

“I love to draw,” Scott says. “I love to paint, definitely—that’s where my background is. Very technical. But not too long ago, I lost a lot of the supplies that I use for those things, in a flood, so suddenly I turned to something different and that happened to be costumes.”

The “flood” Scott mentions in passing is actually the one that destroyed much of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Scott had just left Chicago, where she grew up, and headed to graduate school on a full-ride scholarship at the University of New Orleans. Two weeks into it, the hurricane hit and all of Scott’s art supplies were pretty much destroyed.

“It was kind of a strange turn of events,” says the green-eyed artist from beneath a mound of auburn curls. “Even my paintbrushes turned into driftwood, so I didn’t really want to have to buy all that again. That’s when I started making costumes because it just seemed like it was already there. I didn’t have to buy anything—I could just find what I needed.”

The stork head is made from an old bicycle helmet, papier-maché, felt, cardboard and other found materials. It’s part of a bigger series of animal costumes she’s been making.

“It’s a series of animal ballerinas inspired by an old Maidenform ad,” Scott says.

The ad, which she e-mailed to CityBeat after our interview, features a woman in a vintage pointy bra in the foreground. In the background, there are little illustrations that look a lot like the images Scott has brought to life through her costumes.

“I wanted to see them big and real and watch them move around,” Scott says about the strange illustrations. “I wanted to make them come to life.”

Back in Chicago, when she showed a few of the masks, she didn’t mount them or have anyone model them. Instead, she just set them around the room and invited people to put them on.

“People seem to really like that,” Scott says, “because it makes it not too precious. They can hold it and touch it and put it on, and everyone seems to have a camera in their bag so they can take pictures.”

Scott and her husband moved to San Diego County a little more than a year ago. They live in North County, and Scott says she has yet to really connect to the local-art scene. She wants to, though, and she hopes by putting her art on CityBeat’s cover, someone somewhere will notice and invite her to get involved.

“So, I’m just trying to reach out, I guess,” Scott says.


To see more of Kathleen Scott’s work, visit her Flickr page.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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