Andy Goldsworthy OBE, a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, said that “We often forget that we are Nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”
Despite this, I sense a schism between human and nature—more specifically, human and animal—that I cannot reconcile. There is a wildness that I see in animals that lies dormant in humans. It is there, but repressed, surfacing only when we are at our most vulnerable, our most reactive.
We construct our humanness—our culture, society, and civility. We inject meaning into symbols and develop a sense of control and structure. My work examines what it is to strip ourselves of this "Humanness” or, at the very least, to deconstruct it. I seek to understand the most fundamental essence of the human self by acknowledging the animal self. When do the two collide, clash, overlap, or become the same? If we are Nature (or Animal), then why do we constantly attempt to distinguish ourselves from it by continually repressing or attempting to control it?
-- Katie Craighill
Art & Design
Ever since I was capable of cognitive thought, I have loved two things: animals and art. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia but grew up in the small town of Sewanee nestled in the hills of Tennessee with my parents, younger brother, and four cats. I spent most of my childhood tromping around in the woods and wilderness of Sewanee, and allowed the natural landscape to influence my artwork. In high school, I developed my passion for ecology and wildlife in my biology classes, and during my semester at the Chewonki Semester School in Wiscasset, Maine. I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2017 with a degree in Biology and Visual Arts, and am now living and working in Atlanta. My work has been featured in several exhibitions at Bowdoin College, as well as in Atlanta, including Art Gone Wild 2018 at Zoo Atlanta, S.C.A.D. Small Works Exhibition, and WonderRoot Members Only Exhibition. As I continue to do art, I strive to promote awareness of place, the natural world and the importance of conserving the ecology within it.
About the Company
Savage Mountain Art & Design is an in-the-works company that sells hand-printed merchandise--including prints and apparel--with my animal artwork. A percentage of the profits will go towards wildlife conservation and organizations such as Panthera and the World Wildlife Fund, to aid in wildlife conservation efforts around the world. For now, I am selling prints, stationary, and apparel upon request. I also do commission-based work including graphic design, sketches, and paintings, for anything from logos to wall murals. For more information about what I do email me at or visit the contact page.