Katie Paterson (born 1981) is a Fife-based visual artist from Glasgow, Scotland, having previously lived and worked in Berlin whose artworks concern translation, distance, and scale. Paterson holds a BA from Edinburgh College of Art (2004) and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art (2007), she is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh (2013).
Paterson has done several projects relating to melting glaciers; her graduation piece for art school, Vatnajökull (the sound of), featured a mobile phone number connected to a microphone submerged in a lagoon beneath Europe's largest glacier. Related work includes Langjökull, Snaefellsjökull, Soheimajökull, in which the soundscape of melting glaciers was created by making LPs from ice consisting of glacier meltwater.
In one project she created a map of 27,000 known dead stars. Her ongoing project History of Darkness is a series of slides and photographs of the dark, all "numbered, and annotated with distance in light years from Earth."
She has had solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, Kettle's Yard Cambridge, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Selfridges, London, BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, Haunch of Venison, London, PKM, Seoul., Turner Contemporary, and Ingleby.
Paterson was the winner of a South Bank Sky Arts Award in 2014. and a Leverhulme Fellow at University College London. In July 2014, she sent an artwork into space, to the International Space Station aboard ESA Georges Lemaître ATV (ATV-5).[needs update]
In August 2014, to widespread acclaim, Paterson launched the Future Library project (NO:Framtidsbiblioteket), a 100-year-long artwork in Oslo's Nordmarka forest and New Public Deichmanske Library and announced Margaret Atwood as the first writer.. Other writers include: David Mitchell, Sjón, Elif Shafak, and Han Kang.
- First artist-in-residence in the Astrophysics Group within University College London (UCL) Physics & Astronomy
- South Bank Sky Arts Award 2014 for visual art
- Leverhulme Fellow, University College London
- Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh (2013)
- Spirit of Scotland Award 2014
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