© Brandon Soder

© Kyle Farrell 
Left: installing work at NoLand Gallery / Right: studio in Lone Butte

Illustrating wildlife and wilderness of the high desert of New Mexico, Kat Kinnick works to inspire a culture of connectedness to nature. She’s inspired by the magic & inexplicable qualities of childhood and is drawn towards expressing playfulness and curiosity with a folk art aesthetic.  Her work is a celebration of the unique ecology in New Mexico, and its abundant diversity.

Born in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico, her parents, both having backgrounds in art & design, ran their own business restoring, cleaning and appraising Navajo rugs.  She received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture with a concentration in Sustainability & Social Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015, and currently works as a navajo rug restorer at Textival in Albuquerque.

Kat creates in her home studio in Lone Butte, south of Santa Fe on Highway 14 near the Cerrillos Mountains.  

© Brandon Soder

The intention of my work is to strengthen connections to wilderness, to inspire preservation and to reinforce a sense of belonging to & curiousity for nature. My craft is an expression of celebration & gratitude for the place we live.

Instagram & Facebook @kat-kinnick