Katie Lewis received an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2006. Prior to that she studied at The Colorado College and University of Concepción, Chile.
Her installation pieces trace human experiences by a meticulous process of investigation. She aims to document things such as chaos, control and deterioration.
The artificially rigid organization of her materials represents individual body as an institution that can be controlled internally through a series of concrete events. Using the body as a starting point, Lewis aims to give expression to various physical sensations still invisible to the eye and medical imaging.
She first produces data by experimentation, and then produces systems to give the collected data a physical form. Abstracting and codifying the collected data, she aims to evoke a sense of passing time, presence and absence, chaos and order, and so forth.
‘Once I devise a system for a particular piece, I follow it all the way through the work allowing the visual results to exist outside of subjective expressive decisions.’
Her work has been exhibited across California.