Site-specific, Relational, Durational, Theatrical, Video, Text
Katie Schaag is a scholar, poet, playwright, and multimedia artist. Camp, melodrama, fantasy, artifice, and the grotesque aesthetically and tonally inflect her queer feminist investigations of identity and power dynamics. With text, audio, video, performance, and installation, her work operates at the interstices of creative writing, critical theory, theatre and performance, visual art, and relational aesthetics. Immersive, multi-sensory aesthetics (textures, scents, tastes, sounds) activate situations of mystery, melancholia, juxtaposition, and play.
She has performed at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Chazen Museum of Art, Stanford University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and University of Paris-Sorbonne. Her artwork has been exhibited at Darling Foundry (Montréal, Québec), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), Little Berlin (Philadelphia, PA), Co-Prosperity Sphere (Chicago, IL), Commonwealth Gallery (Madison), University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery (Knoxville, TN), Madison Public Library Central Branch, Herron Galleries (Indianapolis, IN), and i^3 Hypermedia (Chicago). Her writing has been published by Ugly Ducking Presse (Brooklyn, NY), Rabbit Catastrophe Press (Lexington, KY), Requited Journal (Chicago, IL), and Metatron/Ömëgä (Montréal, Québec), and her play Sea-Socket Root-Extrication was staged at Hemsley Theatre (Madison, WI).
In addition to her solo practice she has a collaborative practice with SALYER + SCHAAG, with whom she has exhibited and performed widely. They have also developed several creative process workshops: “Image/Text: The Performing Page” and “Collaboratory: Serious Play” at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, “Serious Play: Surrealist Experiments” at The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, and “Performance and 4D Art” at Arts + Literature Laboratory as part of the ArtWrite Collective’s Flourish! creative development series.
She co-founded the Art + Scholarship Borghesi-Mellon Workshop and the Madison Performance Philosophy Collective, with whom she co-curated a series of Theory-Practice Collaboratory workshops, a series of events with visiting artists, and two symposia, MAD THEORY and MAD THEORY 2. She has co-convened experimental roundtables at PSi and M/MLA exploring intersections of scholarly inquiry and creative practice. She is a consultant at DesignLab, a transmedia storytelling center founded by Jon McKenzie, where she helps students and faculty develop creative teaching and research methodologies in digital composition and remediation.