Katie Holten is a visual artist living and working in the world.
She grew up in rural Ireland and studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin, and Cornell University in New York. In 2003 she represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale. Katie has had solo museum exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2012); Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, (2010); The Bronx Museum, New York (2009); Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany(2008); Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2008) and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007). She has received numerous awards including the AIB Award (2002), a Fulbright Scholarship (2004), and a Pollock Krasner Award (2005).
Motivated by social, cultural, and environmental circumstances such as the financialisation of Nature, Katie makes drawings, sculptures, installations, meals, books, and ephemeral actions that function as poetic alterations to the everyday. At the root of her practice is a curiosity with life's systems -- organic and man-made -- and the inextricable relationship between man and the natural world in the age of the Anthropocene.
Katie is currently studying Complexity via the Santa Fe Institute MOOC.
If THE GATES is the signature artwork in looking back at the Bloomberg era -
big, bold, tourist-attracting, and imposed on Central Park and all of us -
then Katie Holten's TREE MUSEUM is like an antidote after too much of a big idea.
- Robert Sullivan, 2011
Installing at Storm King Art Center, 2012. Photo: Jerry L. Thompson