Katie Holten is a visual artist based in New York and working in the world.
Katie grew up in 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 multiple bursaries from The Arts Council of Ireland, a Fulbright Scholarship, and a Pollock Krasner Award.
Deeply committed to social causes, especially as they pertain to environmental issues, Katie makes drawings, sculptures, installations, books, public artworks and ephemeral actions that function as poetic alterations to the everyday. She often works on site to explore the history, ecology, and other invisible aspects of an environment. At the root of her practice is a fascination with the contingency of life's systems – organic and man-made – and 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
Photo: Dillon Cohen