Katherine Nolan is a video and performance artist who recently completed a practice-led PhD entitled Seducing the Machine: Narcissism and Performance in Contemporary Feminist Practice. Her work is concerned with the erotic female body as spectacle, in particular provoking questions around narcissism and exhibitionism as contemporary concerns of spectatorship, that are seemingly incongruous with critical agency. The artist turns a ‘trivial’ and ‘frivolous’ fixation with herself as image' into a critical weapon, seeking to unravel narcissism and twist its clichéd terms. Investigating the nuances of contemporary forms of spectatorship, her work seeks to provoke acts of looking and being looked at, taking apart and questioning images of desire. Tense issues around the ethics of spectacle arise, as the flesh of the erotic object threatens to erupt from stylized image into both a raw vulnerability and a confrontation.
Recent performances include: A Rapoza/ The Fox, in collaboration with Nuno Lacerda, part of MART’s The Non Zero Sum Art Games at Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon (March ‘13). Live Performance, as part of Livestock at Dublin Live Art Festival, The Back Loft, Dublin (Nov ‘12). Producing Untitled (Panties no. 3) at Scope Art Fair New York (March 2012); Peep Hole at Flux Factory New York (July '11); Trans West with artist Joan Healy at Molesworth Gallery and Market Studios, Dublin (July '10); Surface Attention at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (Dec '10); Surface Attention as a series of bodily interventions in re-used spaces including SHUNT London, Stattbad Berlin, and SPACE Bratislava, as part of MART's An Instructional exhibition (June'10).
Lecturer and Course Leader at the University of the Arts, London. Lives and works in London.