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Katie Virag

Buffalo, NY 14210, U.S.A.
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Often using bird imagery as a visual symbol for a non-physical aspect of one’s self, I create multidisciplinary artworks showing the psychological complexities underlying mental illness and maladaptive coping mechanisms. There is a process of destruction, and reconstruction of personal identity that happens in experiencing a mental illness and the subsequent treatment. This process of breakdown and recovery is a central focus of my work. Experiencing a mental illness or maladaptive state creates both a fragmented reality and a fragmented view of oneself and one’s identity, however, identity struggles are something that most people have at some level during their lifetime even without experiencing an adverse mental health condition. My work pushes people to look at these issues with empathy and opens a dialogue about these topics and eradicate the stigma that still surrounds mental illness.

Katie Virag is a native of Detroit, MI. She received a BFA in Sculpture and a BS in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2013 and did additional studies at SUNY – Buffalo State where she also completed a Certificate in Entrepreneurship in the Arts. She has had several solo exhibitions in the Western New York Area, as well as two-person show in Paonia, CO during a 2015 summer residency at Elsewhere Studios, and has been included in numerous invitational and juried shows nationwide. She is currently a first year MFA candidate in Studio Art at Syracuse University and has a studio at Buffalo Arts Studios in Buffalo, NY.