Sensing Change: Uprooted

Part of the Institute’s yearlong Sensing Change initiative, Uprooted: New York Street Trees featured two papier-mâché sets of roots. The product of artist Katie Holten’s longtime contemplation of trees, natural systems, and the “uprootedness” of the place of humans within current ecological crises, the piece draws attention both to what is usually unseen—the root systems of trees—and to the vast network of natural systems that we may take for granted.

It’s about the issues of what’s underneath. What are these parts of the city that we don’t see?

—Katie Holten

Katie Holten exposes the often overlooked in her work Uprooted.

Katie Holten explains how she transforms two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional works. 

Katie Holten is a visual artist whose work reflects on the relationship between humans and nature, as well as the investigation of life’s systems and our understanding of place. She discussed Uprooted, her broader body of work, and the science of her art in an interview with our staff.

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