What is PETITE a Studios ?

PETITE a STUDIOS is the umbrella under which the artist, writer, performer, sewer, entrepreneur, and over all Renaissance woman Katrina Zarate operates. 

Who is Katrina Zarate ?

Katrina Zarate is a painter that resides in Portland Oregon and specializes in Portraiture but has a passion for animal skulls. Her work stems from an eye condition that has influenced and driven her work. She believes that art heals, sparks, and has the capacity to show us who we are.  

What does PETITE a mean ?

For those of you not well versed in psychoanalysis (and by no stretch of the imagination am I am expert) the term "PETITE a" comes from Lacan, a very old, very white, and very confusing french man in whose lectures the term "objet petite a" was crafted. So what is the "objet petite a"? In the simplest of language it is the object of unattainable desire sought for in the Other. It was meant to be written as an equation, like solving for x in algebra, and seemed like the perfect way to describe in one phrase all the projects that I am driven to do. I was told once by a much loved and respected professor to "follow my obsessions" and well I guess i took that piece of advice to heart. As a result I am constantly solving for "objet petite a" whether it is writing, painting, sewing, performing, or just working my ass off on something that inspires me I am always hot on the heals of my desires.

 

P hoto Cred: Jessica Speas Keaveny , amazing photographer based in PDX https://www.jessicakeaveny.com/

Photo Cred: Jessica Speas Keaveny , amazing photographer based in PDX https://www.jessicakeaveny.com/