18th and 19th century Europe
Kathryn's research projects probe the impact of modern financial industrial capitalism on the artist, the art world, and the art object.
Specializing in 18th and 19th century European visual culture and the popular printed image places her work at the emergence of financial and industrial dynamics whose lasting impact on the art world continue to affect us today.
She is currently finishing a book project called Inglorious Artists. This project examines how artists used political cartooning as a vehicle to criticize the emergence of a free market for art in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Paris.
Her second project, currently titled Papermania, looks at the scraps and scrap book phenomena in France, England, and North America, examining it through the lens of curatorial consumption, mass customization, and the emergence of haptic visuality.