About Katie Simpson Spain

A New York City artist from Santa Cruz, California by way of Portland, Oregon. I utilize mixed media in various ways, combining many kinds of materials like acrylic paint, fabric, film, ink, printmaking media, graphite, soil, photography, plants, and reclaimed garbage to create new views of our world. My work includes abstracted drawn and painted nature, photographs, abstract landscapes and organic animal and platform sculptures - which combine to create a whole vision of possible futures. Abstracted natural elements and alternate views are inspired by life on earth, poetry, science fiction, the organization of sounds and words, heart and meaning. Like the flow of water or wind.

New Work!


I’m working on some new stuff. Drawings that are also prints. This is a new group of works, an old topic that I’m finally getting into a little more, so I’m not really sure about it yet. But I’m excited. I think it’s going to change a little too. 

The working title of this stuff is ‘the great darkness’. 

Mostly snakes and blackholes so far.

Here are some process shots.




January Shows


I’m going through one of those phases with reevaluation and “who am I” stuff, and relistening to music I’ve liked since I was a kid. Today a line in a minor threat song reminded me to write about the fact that I’m showing some stuff soon. “Make due with what you have, take what you can get.” That’s part of what my friendship bracelet sculptures are about. The materials are usually leftovers from some kind of adventure or other. And really – friendship is a funny thing, hacked together out of all of the time we spend with other people just making it through this crazy fucked up world. Its strong and made from knots of all sorts of good and bad times. 

I’m showing a couple of those wall hanging friendship bracelets in January…

One at University of Pembroke, in North Carolina, and one at the infamous AIR Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. I’ll update with dates and addresses soon!

Yay art and music.


The piece below is going to be at AIR, it’s called 2 Lakes and a Waterfall, and it’s made from stuff I found and scraps of a project I did with kids at a school.  


Happy Winterrr!


Here is a dragon to cheer you up. Since winter is usually depressing. Yeah!

Except here in NYC it’s warmer than its been in December for nearly 100 years, which is depressing in a different way. But it’s pretty nice out, which makes me (personally) want to flee to California a little less. That’s nice. So…

Dragon will help! Especially a not great photo of a tiny solstice dragon!




No Smoking Sign


I made this no smoking sign for a good friend who’s got a gallery in which someone lit a cigarette once. Why would they do that? In a gallery? Why? That is clearly a bad idea. This sign will be good for other contexts too though. This sign that’s also a reduction linocut. Yay!

If you want one you can buy it through academic gallery, or from me directly.

I haven’t made a sign for a while and I’m excited to make some more. It’s really fun. I made some signs with woodcut for a show I had a couple of years ago… it feels good to continue that. This one’s got some lovely translucent ink, it kind of whispers and yells at once. I really like that stuff.

Fun! Art! Fun!

Take care of yourself out there in the world.


No Smoking Sign



I drew a month in the pocket size 2016 slingshot planner. It just came out!

If you haven’t seen or used this planner I highly recommend it. You can find it at your local activist bookstore, it’s cheap. There are important historical dates listed on each day and a lot of fun art throughout. It comes in a ton of colors. I got brown with silver ink this year! I love it so much!

My month starts August 15. My drawings are about late summer. 

Here are a few pictures. You’ll have to get the planner to see my other 2 weeks!


Best, Katie

Lake Print

Hey yall,

I’m working on a fun woodcut and wanted to show you some process stuff.

This is of Timothy Lake, in which I spent a few days this last summer, and I’m using wood I found in lake eerie (and other wood). Lake print! Oosh I’m excited.

Here’s what’s happening so far…   


Ok back to the cutting wood and rocking out thing. Have a great week!


“We can’t buy more time, cuz time won’t accept out money.” -bad religion

Back in nyc


I’m back in nyc, teaching again and getting back into the working too many jobs. Woo! Glad to be back!

I’ll post some adventure and printmaking pictures soon, but wanted to post a couple of new mixed media friendship bracelet sculptures to tide you over. As usual they are primarily recycled or reused materials of personal topical significance. Bad pictures, on an off white wall (eesh), but you get the gist of the direction they’re headed. Fun changes!

I hope you had a wonderful summer.



PS In the meantime my instagram account has way too many summer adventure pictures… you can look at that. It’s my whole name (well most of it). Same title as the blog.

Canary ❤️s Coalmine

Two Lakes and a Waterfall. Broken, Mending

Adventure Time…


I’m getting on a cross country train tomorrow, headed for Portland, Oregon.

I’ll be there all summer and am coming back to New York to teach fall term. I am super excited to get a chance to do more art! I’ve got some great projects cooking that I just haven’t had time to work on.

It’s kind of like a residency. But with friends I have already known for many years.

I’ll go swimming and camping too, and update this as much as I can.

Here’s a picture of the sketchbook I made for the trip.

Yay adventure!!!!!!!

I’ll be in touch soon. You can follow my 3 day train trip from NYC to Portland on Instagram… katie.simpson.spain, you’ll find it.


New Sketch Book.

New sketchbook, fun!

PS http://feministlisafrank.tumblr.com/post/120709734213/quote-by-alice-walker

Printing and stuff

hi there!

So, as usual I’m printing in my time between jobs. I have too many jobs. But I get to print sometimes so it’s ok.

Here are some sweet shots of the drying rack last time I printed… Gimme a couple days and I’ll fill that thing back up again, fast!

Hope spring is treating you nicely wherever you are.