Katie Holten is a visual artist and resistance fighter based in NYC and working in the world.
She grew up in Ireland and studied Fine Art, History of Art and Complexity at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin, Cornell University in New York and the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico.
In 2003, Holten represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale with a solo pavilion presentation entitled Laboratorio della Vigna. 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 for New York City’s Grand Concourse (2009-10) commissioned by the NYC Parks Department, the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill.
She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship, Pollock Krasner Award, and multiple Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland. She is a current recipient of the Arts and Humanities Residency at the NYC Urban Field Station awarded by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the US Forest Service.
Deeply committed to social causes, especially as they pertain to environmental issues, Holten 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 humans and the natural world in the age of the Anthropocene.