Katie Torn (b. 1982, New York, New York) is a media artist who creates vibrants prints and experimental video works using the detritus of consumerist culture. Seeing the formation of identity as bound to the plastic commodities that surround us from childhood, body and object become interchangeable in her fantastical worlds. Torn says, "My work offers a vision of a new type of 'natural' substance that originates in the virtual and melds organic and synthetic materials." Thinking of her work as virtual sculpture, Torn uses programs that simulate Cartesian XYZ space to construct her images from multiple angles, "like a sculptor in a video game."
Past exhibitions and screenings of her work include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago); Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago); Interstate Projects (Brooklyn); the Susan D. Goodman Collection (New York); NYU Commons Gallery (New York); the Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center (Chicago); Tritriangle (Chicago); and Space 1026, Philadelphia; Outlet gallery (Brooklyn); Postmasters Gallery (New York); bitforms gallery (New York). Torn was the 2013 Visions Fellow at Eyebeam and was a resident at The Institute of Electronic Arts, Alfred NY. She is currently an instructor at Pratt Institute, New York.
Her solo exhibition, An Ocean Without Water, is on view at the Philip J. Steele Gallery, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, through July 16, 2017 and will be followed by a solo exhibition of new work at Upfor, opening July 26, 2017.