Kate Rowekamp
In my work, I interpret feelings of disquiet through anthropomorphism. Currently, I am examining how anxieties can be represented as creatures with stress-specific adaptations. Caterpillar-human hybrids represent apprehension toward aging, and a preference to remain stagnant rather than accept new responsibilities.

The narrative is based on a proposed new stage of human development called “emerging adulthood” which is divisive among academics. Emerging adults are people in their 20s who have a difficulty transitioning into traditional, mature adult roles. My storyline centers on a clutch of caterpillar people (Catter Sapiens) who reject adulthood by refusing to metamorphose into butterfly people (Butter Sapiens.) Just as emerging adults fear adulthood’s responsibilities, the Catter Sapiens are leery of metamorphosing. For this reason, their frames appear mature like those of an adult human, yet remain wrapped in the skin of an immature larval insect.

There is a darkly whimsical tone to my work, provided by its use of cut paper as well as its focus on chimerical creatures. My method takes advantage of our childlike appreciation for paper’s potential. Since it is our first available medium for expressing ourselves, it accordingly continues to fuel our imagination into adulthood. Ink, applied thorough both printing and drawing processes, serves to add a somewhat macabre element to the appearance of the creatures, Coupled with the bright colors of the paper, the indelible tenebrosity of the ink contributes to the surreal outlandishness that envelops the creature’s realm – a realm where mischievousness and maliciousness alike run rampant.