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Katie Holten

Artists in Residence 2020

23 March - 18 October 2020

VISUAL are delighted to host Katie Holten as Artist in Residence this season. Her work explores the history, ecology, and invisible stories within environments. At the root of her practice is a commitment to study the inextricable relationship between humans and the natural world. Sensing a crisis of representation as our species adapts to life in the Anthropocene, she began creating new alphabets and languages beyond-the-human. She used a Tree Alphabet to make her book About Trees (Broken Dimanche Press, 2015). Holten was recently artist in residence with the NYC Parks Department and created a New York City Tree Alphabet, exploring possibilities for multispecies storytelling. She is currently quarantined in Montecito, California developing new work for VISUAL Carlow, including an 'Irish Tree Alphabet' and 'How to Write a Forest' a collaborative writing project with poet Jessica Traynor. 

About the Artist:

Katie Holten (b. 1975) lives and works in New York City and Ardee. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin, and Cornell University in New York. She also studied Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. She represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. Other important solo museum exhibitions include the New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans (2012), Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane in Dublin (2010), The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York (2009); Villa Merkel in Esslingen (2008), Nevada Museum of Art in Reno (2008) and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007). She has conceived major public commissions including TREE MUSEUM (2009-2010) for New York City’s Grand Concourse commissioned by the NYC Parks Department, the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill.

Listen to Katie discuss her book ABOUT TREES and her recent work.