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[design] PEOPLE shaPE shiftEr one-woman creative force k athy taslitz completes a signature project. By korey huyler For more than 15 years, Chicago designer Kathy Taslitz has helped bring to life some of the most stunning interiors in the country. Her resume includes everything from prominent residential projects near and far to offices and restaurants to airplanes. But Taslitz (kathytaslitz.com) is much more than an interior designer. The North Shore native is also an artist, a style setter and a mother to three daughters. In fact, she began her career 20 years ago designing and painting furniture. “I was experimenting with different materials,” says Taslitz. “Mostly woods, and playing with color by using dyes, colored pencils, archival markers and paint. From there I transitioned into interior design.” For the past year, though, her primary focus has been Just Visiting , a multimedia sculpture series of seashells in fiberglass featuring projected imaging and sound. Based on the five senses, each piece in the series is a large-scale, wall-mounted, limited-edition work of art. “Pursuit,” “Transit,” “Scenery,” “Souvenir” and “Destination” are made in editions of six. Sounds include such diverse environments as the beach, the boardwalk and Taslitz’s daughters’ voices. “I begin by sketching the works in clay, then molding them into fiberglass and painting them,” says Taslitz. “I worked on the imaging [lips in ‘Pursuit,’ eye in ‘Scenery,’ fingertips in ‘Destination’] by taking actual photographs of my eye, my daughters’ lips and their fingertips, then manipulated them on a computer to project them into the respective pieces.” This month, the yearlong project comes to completion as Taslitz puts the finishing touches on the final “Destination” piece. (The sculpture series is currently on view at Taslitz’s L.A. studio.) That doesn’t mean, however, that Taslitz is about to slow down. Far from it. The artist, who has shown her work at numerous prestigious institutions and events, including last year’s Expo Chicago, seems to never take a break. As she is completing Just Visiting , she is also working on another sculpture in polished stainless steel, titled “Let It Go,” and is simultaneously moving forward on several interior design projects with her teams in Los Angeles and Glencoe. So, where does her true passion lie? “I really enjoy being able to do both interior design and fine art simultaneously,” she says. “It’s a great synergy, and enables me to be as creative as possible.” FOR ART’S SAKE Multimedia artist Kathy Taslitz beside “Transit,” part of her fiberglass, lighting and sound sculpture series. “ “I begin by sketching the works in clay, then molding them into fiberglass and painting them.” 54 CS FEBRUARY 2014 Kathy taslitz photo by stefanie Keenan

Design People

Korey Huyler

SHAPE SHIFTER

ONE-WOMAN CREATIVE FORCE KATHY TASLITZ COMPLETES A SIGNATURE PROJECT.

For more than 15 years, Chicago designer Kathy Taslitz has helped bring to life some of the most stunning interiors in the country. Her resume includes everything from prominent residential projects near and far to offices and restaurants to airplanes. But Taslitz (kathytaslitz.com) is much more than an interior designer. The North Shore native is also an artist, a style setter and a mother to three daughters. In fact, she began her career 20 years ago designing and painting furniture.

"I was experimenting with different materials," says Taslitz. "Mostly woods, and playing with color by using dyes, colored pencils, archival markers and paint. From there I transitioned into interior design."

For the past year, though, her primary focus has been Just Visiting, a multimedia sculpture series of seashells in fiberglass featuring projected imaging and sound. Based on the five senses, each piece in the series is a large-scale, wall-mounted, limited-edition work of art. "Pursuit," "Transit," "Scenery," "Souvenir" and "Destination" are made in editions of six. Sounds include such diverse environments as the beach, the boardwalk and Taslitz's daughters' voices.

"I begin by sketching the works in clay, then molding them into fiberglass and painting them," says Taslitz. "I worked on the imaging [lips in 'Pursuit,' eye in 'Scenery,' fingertips in 'Destination'] by taking actual photographs of my eye, my daughters' lips and their fingertips, then manipulated them on a computer to project them into the respective pieces."

This month, the yearlong project comes to completion as Taslitz puts the finishing touches on the final "Destination" piece. (The sculpture series is currently on view at Taslitz's L.A. studio.)

That doesn't mean, however, that Taslitz is about to slow down. Far from it. The artist, who has shown her work at numerous prestigious institutions and events, including last year's Expo Chicago, seems to never take a break. As she is completing Just Visiting, she is also working on another sculpture in polished stainless steel, titled "Let It Go," and is simultaneously moving forward on several interior design projects with her teams in Los Angeles and Glencoe.

So, where does her true passion lie? "I really enjoy being able to do both interior design and fine art simultaneously," she says. "It's a great synergy, and enables me to be as creative as possible."

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/Design+People/1619646/193702/article.html.

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