High Artist Spotlight: Kate Oltmann
Kate Oltmann has worked in all areas of Northern California’s marijuana industry for almost 10 years, from processing and manufacturing to distribution and everything in between. She noticed that the art surrounding this culture she was a part of didn’t represent her or the people she was working with. In undergrad, she started making work that felt like a sincere reflection of the strides and risks cannabis entrepreneurs have taken to have the respected level of visibility we now see in American pop culture and even politics.
Kate’s lithographs placed in the top 35 of High Art 2016. Check them out below!
In this lithograph called ‘World Series’, the Giants had just won the world series and the riot police filled the streets of the mission, my buddy skated out to the middle of the street, sat down and proceeded to roll his joint
This is a plate lithograph called ‘Kitchen’ from the series ‘Cottage Industry’. The series explores the duality of roles spaces play while living in a grow house. In this image the female character is trying to make dinner, while the male character preps pounds to be shipped out.
This is from a series of stone Lithographs called ‘Cottage Industry’, this one is ‘Backyard’. The series explores the duality of roles spaces play when living in a marijuana grow, as well as the psychological aspect of never being fully at home and never being fully away from work.
This work is from a series of stone lithographs called ‘Cottage Industry’, this is ‘Garage’. The series explores the duality of roles spaces play when living in a marijuana grow, as well as the psychological aspect of never being fully at home and never being fully away from work.