Katie Shapiro: Big Sur

3325 Division St. Los Angeles, CA 90065
Oct 01, 6 PM - 9 PM — ends Oct 30, 2022
Opening reception and book launch Saturday, October 1, 6-9pm
On view October 1-30, 2022
Open hours Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment

“It was here in Big Sur that I first learned to say ‘amen.'"
Henry Miller

Located in California's Central Coast, Big Sur has long been a place of escape, retreat and renewal. As an artist, it has been all of those things for me. A magic hovers amongst the raised-up cliffs that make up its rugged topography. Extending for roughly 26 miles, Big Sur is a region of organic flowing coastline that no boundaries can clearly define. Perhaps this is what makes it feel so free.

Big Sur has long been a magnet for artists and dreamers alike. Driving between this meeting of land and sea yields a profound quiet of the mind. These feelings are unique to this location. Simply being in this place is a meditation.

Over the years I have returned to Big Sur as a place for retreat, renewal, and inspiration. This series of photographs explore different approaches to the landscape. They speak to the place as a changing topography over time, and a space that emits a palpable energy.


Born in 1983, Katie Shapiro received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine and a BFA in Photography from CalArts. Her practice is centered on the ineffable, and visualizing things that cannot be seen. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, The Armory Center, Pasadena, Christopher Grimes, Santa Monica, Joan, Los Angeles and Aperture Gallery, New York. Her work has received coverage in Artforum, the Los Angeles Times, and New York Magazine and is housed in private collections as well as in the permanent collections at the Huntington Library and the Cleveland Clinic. She’s been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre and at Bullseye Glass in Pasadena. Shapiro lives and works in Los Angeles.