Kaitlin Botts

Kaitlin Botts is a graphic designer, fine art photographer, art educator, and mixed media artist working in northeast Georgia and Raleigh, NC.

She holds a BA with a concentration in Graphic Design from Meredith College, Raleigh, NC and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

She has exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. Her work focuses on the botanical realm as a space to manipulate and transform. She has given numerous lectures and workshops on both photography and graphic design.

She is an Associate Professor of Art at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. She is the coordinator of the graphic design and fine art photography programs. She has previously taught in the first year photography program in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). In addition, she also taught in the School of Design and in the New Media program at RIT.

The botanical realm: a place of transience, the ephemeral, revelations. I return to it over and over again, compulsory explorations of root, leaf, stem. The gesture of a leaf turning over, the act of dying, blooming. The cycle becoming all encompassed within the lens, captured, transformed into something more and less than what it began as. I construct womb-like landscapes from the smallest detail of the botanical, building whole worlds from the sliver of a plant leaf, from the dirt clinging to a root. Each photographic image seeking to transcend the base botanical into something more, fragility and intentionality circling one another, never confident which will prevail. The ephemeral moment paused, manipulated, given rebirth.