Image courtesy of Jeffrey Smudde

Bio

Katy Rodden Walker is an interdisciplinary artist and educator interested in exploring complex relationships and interconnectedness between humans and nonhumans, challenging perceptions of boundaries between humans and the environment at a micro and macro scale. She has shown her work nationally and is the recipient of several awards, publications, and grants, from the Surface Design Association, The Boston Globe, and The New Bedford Cultural Council. Recent exhibitions include a solo installation called, Enmeshed, and Community Blooms, a community-based project culminating in an immersive art installation on display at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in the Fall of 2024. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Providence College.

Images courtesy of Chris Diani

Statement

My work oscillates between macro and micro scales and explores complex relationships challenging perceptions of boundaries between humans and the environment. Postfeminist and rhizomatic theories, the ideas that everything comes from something before us, that multiple viewpoints and perspectives should be encouraged, celebrated, and included, and that there is intrinsic value in all living creatures, humans, and nonhumans alike, are the core of my studio practice and how I conceptualize and create visual relationships in space. Various materials are used in making object-oriented reflected forms and experiential physical installation spaces to influence, attract, manipulate, and challenge the viewer. The lens, lighting, projection, and integrated technologies are used as a departure point to question interdependencies between humans, technology, and the environment, illuminating the depth and complexity of interconnected systems that contribute to systemic growth and decay in an augmented and adaptive environment.