Katie Holten

"Katie Holten is an Irish artist whose artwork focuses on humans' impact on the natural environment. In 2007 Holten was commissioned by The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Wave Hill and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to create Tree Museum, a public artwork celebrating the 2009 centennial of the Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY. She has marked out 100 trees along the Concourse, which is about four and a half miles long. Each one will have a sign that gives a phone number and a code to listen to short recordings of people speaking about the Bronx, their lives and their work."

Jim Dwyer, The New York Times.

In 2004 Holten was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to develop her practice in New York. In 2002, Holten was awarded €20,000 as the winner of the AIB art awards.

Five years after graduating from National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Holten was chosen to represent Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. Holten's work is often made from recycled materials, and involves maps, plants, and various ecological subjects, provoking a dialogue on issues ranging from biodiversity to global warming. As a society that excludes nature from everyday life, how can today's art engage with the natural landscape? Katie Holten is looking for an answer to this question.

Noemi Smolik, Artforum