Katie Paterson

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Katie Paterson, Berlin 2014, photo by Oliver Mark

Katie Paterson (born 1981) is a Fife-based visual artist from Glasgow, Scotland, having previously lived and worked in Berlin[1][2] whose artworks concern translation, distance, and scale.[3][4] Paterson holds a BA from Edinburgh College of Art (2004) and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art (2007),[4] she is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh (2013).[5]


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.[6]

In one project she created a map of 27,000 known dead stars.[7][8][9] 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."[10]

She has had solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, Kettle's Yard Cambridge,[11] Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre,[12] Selfridges, London,[13] BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna,[14] Haunch of Venison, London, PKM, Seoul.[15], 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][16][17][18]

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[1][19][20][21][22][23][24] and announced Margaret Atwood as the first writer.[25]. Other writers include: David Mitchell, Sjón, Elif Shafak, and Han Kang.

She was included in the Towner Gallery (Eastbourne) A Certain Kind of Light exhibition showing from 21 January to 17 May 2017.[26]

Turner Contemporary[27] hosted a major retrospective of all Paterson's artwork in 2019[28], and launched a new book A place that exists only in moonlight, printed with cosmic dust.[29]



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  6. ^ Andrew., Brown, (1 January 2014). Art and ecology now. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 9780500239162. OCLC 904751530.
  7. ^ http://merkske.com/deadstars
  8. ^ Behrman, Pryle (July – August 2010). "Profile: Katie Paterson". Art Monthly (338): 24–25.
  9. ^ "Meet the Artist: Katie Paterson". Tate. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  10. ^ Dillon, Brian. "Katie Paterson, the cosmicomical artist". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  11. ^ Paterson, Katie (2008). Earth-Moon-Earth. Oxford: Modern Art Oxford. ISBN 1901352374.
  12. ^ http://www.meadgallery.co.uk/events/visual-arts/katie-paterson-in-another-time
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ http://www.bawag-foundation.at/index.php?id=73&events=368
  15. ^ http://www.pkmgallery.com/exhibitions/2011-03-24_katie-paterson/
  16. ^ http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2014/07/16/big-cargo-post-5-0/#more-9571
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  18. ^ http://news.artnet.com/art-world/meteorite-sculpture-will-be-international-space-stations-first-artwork-67923
  19. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/books/2014/08/art-project-plants-1000-trees-for-books-100-years-from-now.html
  20. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/arts/design/the-fifth-season.html
  21. ^ http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2014/0807/Future-Library-a-forest-that-will-become-books-100-years-from-now
  22. ^ http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/06/26/future-library/
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.jp/asaki-abumi/norwegian%20library_b_5510178.html
  25. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/05/margaret-atwood-new-work-unseen-century-future-library
  26. ^ http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/a-certain-kind-of-light/
  27. ^ "A place that exists only in moonlight: Katie Paterson & JMW Turner". www.turnercontemporary.org. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  28. ^ Durrant, Nancy (25 January 2019). "Exhibition review: Katie Paterson â€" A place that exists only in moonlight, Turner Contemporary, Margate". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
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