We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Herzog and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katie, where are you from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
My ancestors were Jewish Bavarian cattle traders who spoke a secret language called Lekoudesch (also referred to as “Jewish Cattle Traders Jargon”) that was a combination of Hebrew, Yiddish, and German. I am currently living in a place I call Reverie Ranch, located in Southern Monterey County, where I am combining a wide variety of aesthetic endeavors to create a new visual jargon of my own, and hope to get my own cattle sometime soon.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am going to talk about the sound of Susan Rothenberg’s voice (also her name is almost the exact name of my mother if you switch two letters). I am always thinking about epistemology and painting, and conceived structures surrounding gender. I recently watched a formal conversation with Susan in which she was asked the question “How self-aware were you that you were doing something that almost seemed ludicrous?” In this statement not only is her work regarded as ludicrous, which is also more complex and great, there is another layer of questioning her own understanding of what she was doing. I am interested in her ability to overtly invoke and subvert this dialog surrounding painting. Her work feels like a checkmate in that regard, even if the powers that be might require a Jasper Johns reference for conceptual validation. At one point Michael Auping tells her that “None of us [curators], to this day we talk about what they mean, have really figured out what these horses mean; some people thought of it as a feminine image or a feminist image….” And Susan interrupts him with this incredible laugh/scoff smoker voice “Nah” that is amazing. It is one of my favorite sounds in the history of painting. Regarding my career, my work has been represented by Klowden Mann Gallery which recently announced it will be closing this summer. I would like folks to come check out what’s going down in my studio/barn on Reverie Ranch, so if any of you dear readers find yourselves between San Francisco and Los Angeles, come through Parkfield! There is also a new little county library branch (where I work) that is really wonderful. Rural Librarianship has always been a passion of mine and I am super thrilled to hop back in the saddle.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spots in the city are: THE STREETS. Angelinos are powerhouses in the streets and if I had to advise a person on what to do in LA right now it would be to go protest. And if you can’t go to a protest, support the protestors. The best time ever is directly feeling and participating in the collective power of the people. Other than that, I love what is in-between all of the spots in LA. The ephemera, the light, the people. Go for a long walk or bike ride. Walk the entirety of Sunset Blvd. Also, public parks and public libraries in LA are THE BEST and last but not least visit the Audubon Center at Debs Park and the Tom of Finland Foundation.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The most invaluable support has come from other artists who have known my work for a long long time and who understand it from a place of working through issues of making. I have always been questioned for making work that “looks different” meaning that I vary material, scale, style, etc. with each body of work, so the artists who “get” me and can hang with the ride and show up for me, that’s it right there. Camilo Cruz, Cauleen Smith, Jonah Koppel, Corrie Siegel, and the late Sarah Cromarty whose support still transmits from the other side, to name a few. Kelly Besser, Al Schulte, Liv Aanrud, Sheree Rose, Rhiannon Aarons, Andrianna Campbell-LaFleur, David Richards, Itza Vilaboy. I would also like to dedicate my shoutout to Jeanette Hart-Mann, Director of Land Arts of the American West and Assistant Professor of Art & Ecology in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico. Her ongoing dedication to art, education, farming, activism, family, and ecology, are a true inspiration to me. She recently recommended two resources that I want to pass along: M. Kat Anderson’s book, “Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources,” and Borderlands Restoration Network. ”Borderlands Restoration Network is both a 501c3 nonprofit and a network of multiple organizations in which we partner to grow a restorative economy by rebuilding healthy ecosystems, restoring habitat for plants and wildlife, and reconnecting our border communities to the land through shared learning.” https://www.borderlandsrestoration.org Lastly, I absolutely must give the biggest shoutout to Deb Klowden Mann and each and every staff member who has worked at Klowden Mann Gallery. It was an incredibly special place and I look forward to following whatever comes forth from her beautiful mind into the future. Thank you!

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