In July 2017, I began illustrating each canto of Dante's Commedia. I wanted to explore the poem’s central focus on the experience of exile and how someone in isolation moves through space and time. New York in 2019 feels like a time of political and social upheaval, not unlike Florence in 1307, when Dante began his poem. Unlike other artist's renderings of his journey, my drawings bring critical attention to the class structures underpinning the writing. While a view from underneath is never flattering, it is essential now more than ever to reconsider who is damned and who is saved, both in Dante's and our own time. By incorporating different materials, technical handling and sources, the drawings achieve a layered quality, correlating with the density of the text. My drawings revere the language while excoriating the assumptions, arriving at a fresh and potent new Divine Comedy. 

The Inferno We Deserve
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil and Coloraid on paper
Canto 1
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil and Coloraid on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee, sticker and collage on paper
Canto 2
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee, sticker and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, Coloraid and collage on paper
Canto 3
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, Coloraid and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 4
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, Starburst wrapper and collage on paper
Canto 5
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, Starburst wrapper and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee, beer cap and collage on paper
Canto 6
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee, beer cap and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, Coloraid, solvent transfer, coffee and collage on paper
Canto 7
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, Coloraid, solvent transfer, coffee and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee and collage on paper
Canto 8
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 9
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, Conte crayon, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, tea and collage on paper
Canto 10
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, Conte crayon, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, tea and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, Conte crayon, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee and collage on paper
Canto 11
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, Conte crayon, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, oil, Coloraid, solvent transfer, beer and collage on paper
Canto 12
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, oil, Coloraid, solvent transfer, beer and collage on paper
15i"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 13
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 14
2017
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, pastel, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 15
2018
graphite, pastel, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, pastel, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 16
2018
graphite, pastel, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, pastel, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 17
2018
graphite, pastel, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee, tissue paper and collage on paper
Canto 18
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer, coffee, tissue paper and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 19
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, lipstick, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 20
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, lipstick, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 21
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 22
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 23
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer, and collage on paper
Canto 24
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer, and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, sticker, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 25
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, sticker, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 26
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 27
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer, Coloraid and collage on paper
Canto 28
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer, Coloraid and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, pastel, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 29
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, pastel, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 30
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 31
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 32
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, oil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 33
2018
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 34
2019
graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 35 (Purgatory 1)
2019
graphite, ink, gouache, watercolor, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, grease pencil, ink, gouache, watercolor and collage on paper
Canto 36 (Purgatory 2)
2019
graphite, grease pencil, ink, gouache, watercolor and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, Coloraid, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 37 (Purgatory 3)
2019
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, Coloraid, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, solvent transfer, coffee and collage on paper
Canto 38 (Purgatory 4)
2019
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, Flashe, watercolor, solvent transfer, coffee and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 39 (Purgatory 5)
2019
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 40 (Purgatory 6)
2019
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 41 (Purgatory 7)
2019
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
Canto 42 (Purgatory 8)
2019
graphite, charcoal, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
Canto 43 (Purgatory 9)
2019
graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
Canto 44 (Purgatory 10)
2019
graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
Canto 45 (Purgatory 11)
2019
graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
15"x22"
Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
Canto 46 (Purgatory 12)
2019
graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and collage on paper
15"x22"

Katie Rubright The Inferno We Deserve graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
Canto 47 (Purgatory 13)
2019
graphite, ink, marker, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, solvent transfer and collage on paper
15"x22"