1982 · United Kingdom
Paterson’s work makes use of sophisticated technologies and specialist expertise to stage intimate, poetic and philosophical engagements between people and their natural environment. Balancing scientific research with artistic expression, her work elicits feelings of wonder, modesty and melancholy and is both gestural yet monumental. As a conceptual artist, Paterson has developed a research-heavy practice that sees her collaborating with major international space agencies, leading bio-chemists, astronomers, arborists, and architects. While her work carries a dense scientific narrative, Paterson utilises her art to highlight the poetic aspects of the scientific realm. Ultimately, she captures big ideas through simple, lyrical works that have the power to connect to its viewer with ease.
Katie Paterson was born in Scotland in 1981 and now lives in Berlin. She has exhibited on an international scale, from London to New York, Berlin to Seoul, and her works have been included in many major exhibitions including Hayward Gallery, Tate Britain, Kunsthalle Wien, MCA Sydney, Guggenheim Museum, New York, and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Paterson was the winner of the Visual Arts category of the 2014 South Bank Awards, and is an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University. She also features in many essays including Nicholas Alfrey’s “A place that exists only in moonlight: Katie Paterson and J. M. W Turner” which was published by Turner Society News 123 in 2019.