Katie Ryan is a visual artist and arts facilitator based in Naarm(Melbourne). Born in Ireland, she has been living and working in Australia, since 2013. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours at The Victorian College of the Arts in 2017. Her work is concerned with modes of understanding, looking in particular at the connection between language-based cognition and embodiment. Ryan explores how our physical and emotional experience of the world shapes our systems of knowledge and ways of reasoning. Her work is informed by a combination of research and intuitive experimentation with materials and processes.
Ryan is actively involved in Naarm’s contemporary art community. She is the current Organisation Co-ordinator at KINGS Artist-Run, one of Naarm’s longest standing artist-run initiatives. Her most recent sculptural exhibitions include, ‘Accumulates in the throat, emerges from the mouth’ a curated group exhibition at KINGS Artist-Run in 2021; ‘A message in the collar’ a group exhibition developed in collaboration with Jeremy Eaton as part of HoBiennale 2019 and ‘Dissecting a violin body’, a solo exhibition of sculptural works at Bus Projects in Collingwood in 2019.