Contemporary Arts Practitioner
Katie Harris-MacLeod is a multifaceted Contemporary Artist. She was brought up on the West Coast of Scotland and across Gubbi Gubbi country in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland, Australia; where she is currently based.
Her work is deeply connected to nature, the psychogeography of place, and the life cycle, which Katie interprets as having three parts: birth, life and death. Nuances of folklore, multiple generational narratives, femininity, loss and isolation are all present within her work. These narratives are then recorded through a poetic exchange between the artist, landscape, performance and practice of the wild.
Katie’s work is an exploration of self and place. She experiments with natural elements as a way of responding to the landscape both viscerally and spiritually. Natural pigments, salt water, wind and light – her cyanotypes, photography, paintings and performances document the colours and textures she encounters to enigmatic effect.
“Interacting with this landscape (S.E, QLD, AU) has allowed my work to become fluid and intuitive, creating a deeper understanding of place and who I am within the context of these environs.”
Katie is a recent graduate of Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art & Design, Dundee, Scotland. She was awarded a mentorship and residency placement on the Muir is Tìr sailing residency funded by SAIL BRITAIN and AN LANNTAIR, as part of ‘YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE 2018’. As well as exhibiting her degree show work at An Lanntair gallery for the Lùl: Art, Course, Learning, Guidance - Exhibition. She was a key speaker at Las! | Ignite! Festival.
Since graduating, Katie has lived and worked across the Hebrides of Scotland and the rural Highlands of Argyll. She has undergone a wide variety of international study tours and residencies across Scotland, Ireland, France and most recently, the ecologically diverse landscape of Gubbi Gubbi country, Australia.
In November 2020, Katie underwent an Arts and Ecology residency at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, granted by the Sunshine Coast Council. During this residency, Katie was awarded a mentorship with Artist, Jude Anderson, as part of the ‘Seed-Pod’ program with Punctum Inc. During this residency, Katie delved deeply into a study of the interwoven connectivities between bodies of trees and human beings/ bodies, becoming an on-going project named, Sap Works.