Katherine Desjardins has garnered critical attention for works that question social and political mores through re-purposing the vernacular language of 50's-era encyclopedias, coloring books and behavior-modification manuals. Functioning as palimpsests, these works defy a superficial read and subvert the content of the original source material through layered juxtaposition.
Since arriving in Chicago in 2007, Desjardins has trained her eye on the city's industrial/agricultural complex as a nexus of transitivity rich with possibility for consideration as both metaphor for the provisionality of painting (and its relation to commerce)--as well as an experience of the urban sublime. With this new body of work, the city of Chicago becomes the palimpsest through which Desjardins walks, a la dérive.
Ultimately, this recent work is experiential: about transition from one place to another, cultural juxtaposition, and the collision between raw and refined, familiar and unknowable material.