“My artwork in the series In Control rejects the stereotypical domestic functionality of samplers. Historically, embroidery prepared women for marriage. Samplers represented domestic skill levels and specific cultural and religious values to potential husbands who sought a woman with the right skills to establish a household – make clothes, darn socks. Cross-stitch was used to advertise and represent specific identities related to womanhood, wifedom and motherhood but bodily functions, autonomy and diverse lifestyles were not represented in this textile practice even if they were essential to those roles.
The “domestic craft” of In Control attempts to directly challenge this by stitching all products related to (but not limited to) women’s health and needs, family planning, and the body with a fully comprehensive, bipartisan, and medically honest approach.”
Katrina Majkut (My’kut) (she/they), a visual artist, curator, and writer, is dedicated to understanding how social traditions impact civil rights. She uniquely pushed the boundaries of observational painting by using embroidery as a painting medium to create form or challenge its inherent social bias and history. Her heavy use of still-lifes pioneer new intersectional, fourth-wave feminist strategies. Majkut exhibits nationally in both commercial and college galleries, where she lectures on gender issues, art activism, and textile arts. Majkut was listed as one of four international artists starting a new chapter in feminist art by Mic Media and repeatedly listed as a must-see artist by Hyperallergic magazine.
In 2022, she will have solo shows at the universities of Delta State (MS), Jacksonville (FL), and Coker (SC), will be a Wassaic Projects Family Fellow (NY), a Forge NYC fellow, and the Social Practice Resident at Emmanuel College (MA). Her selected exhibitions include the Bronx Museum Biennial, Every Women NFT Biennial, Dorksy Museum, Alma College (solo) (MI), Museum of Craft and Design (CA), Untitled Space Gallery (NY), Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock (NY), AIR Gallery, and the Abortion is Normal exhibit at Eva Presenhuber and Arsenal Gallery (NY). Residencies include MASS MoCA, Jentel, Feminist Incubator Residency at Project for Empty Space (NJ).
Majkut published her first non-fiction book in 2018, The Adventures and Discoveries of A Feminist Bride, which aims to make weddings more egalitarian. Her art catalogue is in the library at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, D.C. Majkut earned her BA from Babson College and her MFA from SMFA at Tufts University. She lives and works in New York.