Katie Holten
*1975 Dublin
lives and works in New York City

Language is unique to humans. It creates order, allows us to enter distant, or non-existent worlds. Holten – recognizing a failure of language and a crisis of representation as our species adapts to life in the Anthropocene – created a Tree Alphabet and published the book About Trees. Further the drawings of the series “Pussy Alphabet” consist of an army of little “femlins” from which the artist created a font, that can be also downloaded from her website. Katie Holten’s work often consists of recycled materials, with maps, plants and a variety of ecological topics as the starting point for her work. Since the 1990s, Holten has explored the limits of Western ideas on the notions of “nature” and “the environment” and explored the boundaries between man-made structures and organic systems, drawings, sculptures, printed matter, and public art that blurred in the Anthropocene. This thematic exploration of the Anthropocene happens impressively quiet in delicate drawings and sculptures of branches and plants, which could implode at any moment. Katie Holten’s unique commitment to her themes finds the most tangible expression in the overlapping of social activism and art production manifested in public art projects such as the Tree Museum, the Resistance Project or her resistance walks.

Katie Holten, Excavated Tree (Flowering Dogwood), 2007<br>Newspaper, cardboard, steel, PVC, wire & duct tape, installation view solo-exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St.Louis 2007, Photo:Mike SchuhKatie Holten, Untitled (white tree on black paper), 2006<br>Pencil on paper, c. 57 x 72 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfKatie Holten, Old News (Tree for Villa Merkel), 2008<br>paper-mache, ink, H.c.900 cm, view solo-exhibition at Villa Merkel 2008, Photo(c)VAN HORN, Düsseldorf 2008Katie Holten, The Golden Bough(black twig)<br>2010, ink on twig, 50 x 39 x 4 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

Katie Holten, Photograph of an excavated Cox's Pippen tree re-erected in a shed in East Malling(Original photograph(1952) courtesy of David JohnsonEst Malling Research, UK), 2005, s/w lambda-print, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 15 + AP, Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfKatie Holten, 137.5' / It Started on the C-Train, 2002<br>wool, tacks, appr. 150 single pieces, partly crocheted together, dimensions variable, installation view Schmuckmuseum & Kunstverein Pforzheim 2007, Photo: Susanne Wegner, Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfKatie Holten, The Best's To Come, 2007, wood, wire, paper, glue (paper-mache), ink on acrylic, 300 cm, installation view VAN HORN 2007, Photo(c)VAN HORN, Düsseldorf 2007Katie Holten, Globe #36, 2006<br>acrylic and ink on molded newspaper, c.20 x 25 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

Katie Holten, On the Nature of Things (Wandering In Doubt), 2011, ceramic tiles, dimensions variable public artwork in the streets of Dublin for Dublin Contemporary 2011Katie Holten, installation view Salina Art Center 2011, floor: Earth's Water Timeline, 2011, 756 books, c.29 m,wall left: Smoky Hill River(fossilized), 2011shredded newspaper, glue, water, 4,56 m, wall right: Water Atlas of Salina, 2011, cloth bound book, edition of 3, 35,56 x 48,26 cm, photo:Tony FeherKatie Holten, Plan for a bruise tattoo, 2006, ink on paper, 61 x 48,3 / 24 x 19', Photo: Farzad Owrang, Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfKatie Holten, The Golden Bough (table, detail), 2010<br>mixed media on table, installation view Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin 2010, Photo: Denis Mortell

Katie Holten, Never Enough IX, 2008, Ink on paper, 156 x 111 cm, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfKatie Holten, Timeline: A Light History of the Earth, books, round bookcase, 2012, 139 x 139 x 39,6 cmInstallation view, "Light and Landscape", Storm King Art Center, New York 2012, photo: Jerry L. ThompsonKatie Holten, Cloud(s) over Cocodrie Bay, Louisiana(as seen from Google Earth), 2012 & Drawn to the Edge, 2012, mixed media on canvas, installation view solo-exhibition at New Orleans Museum of Art 2012Katie Holten, Linie Stinu / Shadow Lines, 2012, gallery wall brick, crteaceous chalk from seabed of Inland Ocean, Kansason black painted wall, dimensions variable, installation view solo-show at FUTURA, Prague 2012

Katie Holten, Le Monde, Mardi 19 septembre 2006, P. 38/3, 2006, ink & acrylic on a Le Monde, 46,5 x 64 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Daniela Steinfeld/VAN HORN DüsseldorfKatie Holten, Le Monde, Vendredi 22 septembre 2006<br>P. 30/3, 2006, ink & acrylic on a Le Monde, 46,5 x 64 cm Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Daniela Steinfeld/VAN HORN DüsseldorfKatie Holten, Pangea remembered I, March 12,2007<br>ink & acrylic on a New York Times, 56 x 69 cm, frame 69 x 82 x 5 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Achim KukuliesKatie Holten, Dublin remembered, February 12, 2008<br>ink & acrylic on a New York Times, 56 x 60 cm, frame 69 x 73,3 x 5 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Achim KukuliesKatie Holten, The Grand Concourse in the vronx, remembered, February 12, 2008<br>ink & acrylic on a New York Times, 56 x 60 cm, frame 69 x 73,3 x 5 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Achim KukuliesKatie Holten, Trees of the USA VI (Eastern Region), 2008<br>ink on paper,80 x 40"/101,3 x 76 cm, in frame, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Martin SeckKatie Holten, Untitled sketch drawing(the Pein trees), 2005<br>ink on paper, 29,7 x 21 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Daniela Steinfeld/VAN HORN, DüsseldorfKatie Holten, Plan for a bruise tattoo, 2006<br>ink on paper, 61 x 48,3 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Farzad OwrangKatie Holten, trembling on the edge of reprisal, 2006<br>ink on paper, 52 x 67 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Farzad OwrangKatie Holten, Roots(Que pasara manana?), 2006<br>ink on paper, 56 x 76 cm, frame 62,5 x 82,5 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Farzad Ownrang