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 and the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. In 2003 she represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale. She is currently based in New York after undertaking a Fulbright Scholarship at Cornell University. Katie has had solo museum exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2012), Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2010), The Bronx Museum, New York (2009), Villa Merkel, Esslingen (2008), Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2008) and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007).
Katie is motivated by social, cultural, and environmental circumstances. Through her drawings, sculptures, books and ephemeral actions she makes poetic alterations to the everyday. She is interested in creating works that contribute to an awareness of the politics of place, while reflecting the vulnerabilities implicit in everyday life. At the root of Katie's practice is a curiosity with life's systems - both organic and man-made. Her work is an ongoing investigation of the inextricable relationship between man and the natural world in the age of the Anthropocene.
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