"It’s about the issues of what’s underneath. What are these parts of the city that we don’t see?"—Katie Holten
"You’ve got one fact here and another there, and then you’ve got the gap in between. And a lot of my work tends to be looking at these gaps in between. I’ve worked with weeds, which grow through cracks."—Katie Holten

By Katie Holten

Uprooted comprises two papier-mâché sets of roots. The product of 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.

Concepts behind Uprooted

Katie Holten exposes the often overlooked in her work Uprooted.

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.

Interested in finding Katie elsewhere in the world? Check out her website at katieholten.com.

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From Drawings into Objects

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