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Katie Hart Potapoff is an artist born in Canada and while residing in Scotland, is researching her practice-led PhD, titled Inhabiting the Unknown, at DJCAD, University of Dundee. Katie was recently awarded an Explore and Create grant, from the Canada Council for the Arts, which funded her place-based research residency on the Isle of Iona. She completed her MFA with Merit in 2019 at DJCAD, University of Dundee, and her BFA in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2008. Katie has also completed both a post-graduate diploma in Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Schools & Communities in 2018 and a post-graduate certificate in Design Thinking for Innovation in 2017 at the University of Calgary, Canada.
Careful consideration of literature on contemporary art and theoretical writing has prompted her own complex response to perceptions of place and landscape. Katie’s current research explores themes of liminality found in the marginal area between places of specificity.
Utilising methods of documentation which are not reliant on the photographic image (drawing, sound recording, writing, assemblage), Katie's research leads to an embodied, rather than voyeuristic, documentation of the transformative acts which occur in performative locations. Her interdisciplinary practice investigates how locating oneself in discomfort and the unknown can provide the nexus to more deeply understand the interconnectedness of the universe and one’s place within it.