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Katie Holten

Galerie Van Horn/Schürmann

In a society that increasingly excludes nature from everyday life, how can today’s art engage with the natural landscape? Katie Holten—born in Dublin and living, nominally, in New York although primarily on the road—is looking for an answer to this question. “I’ve always preferred to question things in a silent way, or at least a less aggressive, in-your-face kind of way,” Holten once said in an interview. And, indeed, it is true that her approach to nature is one of meditative affection. Her meticulous India-ink drawings, depicting trees without foliage, branches, imaginative structures of twigs and leaves, and crystalline formations that float on the surface of the paper like snowflakes—some of which were shown at Schürmann in Berlin—attest to this.

However, the centerpiece of the Berlin exhibition was the sculpture The Black Tree, 2005, whose delicate branches reached as high as the

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