Palmer works with storytelling, distributing fragmented elements of narrative across found sites, audio environments, printed matter and performance. The site of writing and the process of attempting to materialise, edit and reformulate ideas is often articulated through the work. Attentive to uncertainties, bodily vulnerabilities and insecure environments, these situated narratives invite the audience to consider objects that are indicated, but not fully present.
Exhibitions include The Coffin Jump (solo: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW as part of the nation-wide WWI centenary commemorations, 2018); The Time-Travelling Circus: the revised dossier concerning Pablo Fanque and the Electrolier (solo: Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, 2017); The Necropolitan Line (solo: Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2015 - image below); End Matter/The Loss Adjusters/The Quarryman’s Daughters (solo: Artangel, 2015); and Reality Flickers in MirrorCity (group: Hayward Gallery, London, 2014). Among her publications are The Dark Object (Book Works: London, 2010) and ‘Absalon’s Cells’ in The Object (Documents of Contemporary Art series, Whitechapel Gallery/MIT, 2014). She received the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, 2014.
Available for DPhil supervision at the Ruskin.
Katrina Palmer: Necropolitan Line 2015: Henry Moore Institute. Photo Jerry Hardman-Jones