Katy Dombrausky is the December Featured Artist at the Mountain Road public library in Pasadena.
The art display can be viewed by the public until Dec. 28, and a reception in her honor will be held at the library from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 18.
Dombrausky is a 2008 graduate of Chesapeake High and is from the Pasadena Longpoint Community. She is currently a full-time art education major at Towson University.
Anne Arundel Patch: What inspires you as an artist?
Katy Dombrausky: What a hard question. Everything! My work is always changing but I guess my biggest inspirations have a lot to do with human behaviors and the struggles we face everyday between being primitive and intelligent beings. One of the bigger pieces I have made is a sculpture that deals with the want to make functional items decorative to the point that they are no longer used for their original function. I like to keep my work kind of corky, I think it's important to have a sense of humor.
Anne Arundel Patch: What is the earliest artwork you remember creating?
Dombrausky: Oh man, I remember raiding the fabric and craft cabinet at home constantly as a kid. The first specific thing I remember making was a purse out of a pair of purple leggings that had a carrot on it. I was probably 5 years old, but I remember being super proud of that purse when I showed it to my mom, haha.
Anne Arundel Patch: Did you ever have a favorite teacher or class at Chesapeake High?
Dombrausky: Absolutely. The first art class I took in high school was photography, which was taught by Mr. Ward. He encouraged my interested in art greatly throughout high school and has had a huge influence on my aspirations to be an art teacher.
Anne Arundel Patch: What courses do you take as an art education major at Towson? What career path do you hope to take?
Dombrausky: Within art education I have taken a wide variety of studio classes (photography, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, painting, etc.) as well as classes that address concepts, techniques, and controversies within the education system. I am planning to teach high school art when I graduate in 2014, but I would also like to get my graduate degree in fine arts so that teaching college is an option.
Anne Arundel Patch: What do you like to do in your free time?
Dombrausky: In my free time I like to paint (big surprise, I know!), spend time with my pup, and explore. I love seeing what other artists are doing in my community, too. There is always a ton of music, art, and other random events going on in the city, so I try to find new things to do in Baltimore whenever I can.
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