So in a sense it’s about a few different elements. It’s about these issues of, well, what’s underneath. What are these parts of the city that we don’t see?
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. And so I think it’s that point:
. . . what is the fact? What’s real?
Where does nature fit in?
Uprooted comprises two papier-mâché sets of roots hanging from the ceiling of CHF’s Hach Gallery. 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.
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 CHF staff. Watch the clips above to hear about and see how she experiences her world.
Interested in finding Katie elsewhere in the world? Check out her website at katieholten.com.
Watch the four videos above: Katie Holten discusses how her drawings become installations; how Uprooted tackles the often overlooked; how scientists and aritsts can work together to communicate scientific issues; and how scientists and artists are more similar than they may appear at first glance. Use the arrows to navigate through the video and images.