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Katie Paterson

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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  26. ^ "A Certain Kind Of Light". Towner Art Gallery.
  27. ^ "A place that exists only in moonlight: Katie Paterson & JMW Turner". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
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