Katie Jenkins-Moses was born and raised in Fresno, California. In 2016, she earned her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently working as an adjunct art instructor at Fresno City College, Madera Community College, and Reedley College, and at the Fresno Art Museum as an Art Instructor.
I am interested in the way in which words and images affect bodies. We are all confined in the materiality of our bodies—flesh and bones—yet all bodies are not the same: we differ by size, gender, sex, orientation, and ethnicity. Words that describe a body affect that body. My own, for example: Queer. Unstable. Obese. Female. These words do more than describe: they affect the body, empowering a body or pacifying it. My work explores how language and image affect agency, considering the relationship between image and language, and claiming full possession of our own bodies.
Through a combination of mediums—installation, collage, text—I create physical representations of my body that explore relationships between language, materiality, and fragmentation. My work draws upon the theories of Judith Butler, Jane Bennett, and feminist performance artists of the 1960s and 70s—such as Yoko Ono and Martha Rosler—particularly their ideas about “Othered” bodies. Ultimately, in considering the role language plays in marginalizing and passivating certain bodies, my work offers ways of navigating through society while at the same time gaining more control and possession over our bodies.
My work acknowledges that our current time considers itself “post-feminist,” while actually having a deep ignorance of what feminism actually is as well as its history. Revisiting ideas and methods of objectification from both second wave theorists and artists, I recontextualize central questions, complicating it beyond binaries and in relationship to identity constructs and representations.
When I listen, I hear those queer sounds, Greenleaf Gallery, Whittier, CA, 2018
I cut my world apart, Threshold Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2016
SELECTED GROUP SHOW
Photography/Digital Art Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, Online, 2023
Nudes in November, Chris Sorensen’s Studios & Gallery, Fresno, CA, 2022 (Second Place award in photography category)
Metal in May, Chris Sorensen’s Studios & Gallery, Fresno, CA, 2022
Fire and Water: Elements of Change, Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, Chico, CA, 2019-2022
Nude Nite, Tampa, FL, 2020
Self-Portrait, UNCW Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC, 2020
enGENDERING CHANGE, Cloyde Snook Gallery, Alamosa, CO, 2019
Members Invitational Show, Corridor 2122, Fresno, CA, 2018
Naked as a Daisy, ShockBoxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA, 2018
Vernissage, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, 2016
Zeitgeist, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2016
The Artist’s Body, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2016
Post/Haste, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2016
Continuing MFA Show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2015
Senior Exhibition, Whittier College, Whittier, CA, 2013
CONFERENCES AND LECTURES
Paper Presentation, “Inaudible Screaming: Erin M. Riley’s Introspection of Generational Trauma and Self-Harm Through Tapestry,” College Arts Association Conference, 2023 (upcoming).
Paper Presentation, “Embracing Intelligibility: Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens' Empathetic and New Materialist Approach to the World,” College Arts Association Conference, 2022.
Artist Talk, Whittier College, Whittier, CA, 2018.
Paper Presentation, “Incarnating Art: Inscribing the Body” (With Ruth Jenkins), Kristeva Circle Conference, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.
Paper Presentation, “The Transformation of the Other: The Development of Gender, Race and Racism in Mesoamerica in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries,” Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, 2012.
COLLECTIONS AND LOANS
Cornered. 2013. Watercolor on paper. 5 x 7 feet. / Whittier College, Whittier, CA (permanent collection)
Untitled. 2019. Acrylic on paper. / Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, Chico, CA (on loan 2019-2022)
Art of the World: Illustration Art, Animated Short, Fresno Art Museum, 2020
Line, Shape, Color, Animated Short, Fresno Art Museum, 2020
“Untitled (make-up wipes),” sPARKLE + bLINK 74, Quiet Lightning, 2016
“Thigh Kink,” sPARKLE + bLINK 74, Quiet Lightning, 2015
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, Auction Logo, 2021, 2022
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, Pledge Drive Logo, 2020, 2021, 2022
Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, Exhibit Illustration for Epidemics of Injustice, Chico, CA, 2020
Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, Exhibit Illustration forFire and Water: Elements of Change, Chico, CA, 2019