Illustration ’89

Katee Boyle is a painter and metalworker in Chadds Ford, PA. Her mixed-media, abstract paintings each tell a personal story. Using traditional blacksmithing techniques, she forges masks, dresses, chastity belts, and corsets, “castoff shells of experiences I’ve had, armors that I no longer need, experiences I no longer want to revisit.” She learned the trade through a two-year apprenticeship with a master blacksmith, whom she met at an art show. “I had no idea what a blacksmith was,” she says. “I thought they had all died with the bubonic plague!”

Featured Photo: Boyle with a hand-forged steel corset and mask.