State Of Liminal: Katie Hallam

State of Liminal is a new commission from Katie Hallam. The installation is an amalgamation of the artist’s key interests, the physicality of ancient geology and the dematerialised aesthetics of contemporary technology. The trompe l’oeil of the quarried rock sculptures are combined with digitally printed photography to create an incongruous synthesis of techno-organic materials, an alien landscape of futurist standing stones that calls into question the sutainability of the contemporary world’s technological fixations.

The quarry like space, materials, textures and colours challenge the viewer’s perception of object and landscape. These works allow the opportunity to open up conversations about the increase and impact digital detritus, wasted data and technology minerals are having directly on the earth’s surface.

Hawthornvale Space
25 February – 29 May 2022
Everyday, Viewable from the street.

Katie Hallam is an artist working primarily in digital photography and print but has recently moved into creating sculptural works where new media art meets geology, fossils and contemporary spaces. This allegory is shown in motifs of geology representing ‘ancient power’, with the digital age represented with an electrifying palette; neon greens, indigos and ultraviolet. Katie considers the traces our digital culture will leave on the earth, evolving and morphing materials transformed into fossilised objects to be found by future archaeologists. She creates hybrid manifestations through sculpture and digital materiality. Like alchemy, her works connect new media technology with archaic power. These ‘digital-mineral hybrids’ are hypnotic works that sit against a background of open, natural and urban landscapes as Katie teases the question of future glitches in nature.