Stock Photos

Katherine Verdickt’s recent drawings are based on stock photographs, which she translates into graphite on paper. Her drawings and paintings reference the Dutch Golden Age artwork that has fascinated her since childhood. Like 17th-century genre paintings, the stock photos she selects are fictitious tableaus of everyday life with a recognizable narrative and didactic quality. Stock photos and genre paintings share an artificial, predictable composition insidious in Western Art.

The images in the stock photograph archive follow an algorithm based on viewers’ searches and selections. Therefore, the archive is a mirror of our society's biases, prejudices, assumptions and expectations. The most successful and highest-ranking photos illustrate what we consider a visual representation of ‘normal’. Oftentimes, the fallacy becomes glaring once the image is scrutinized.