Katrina Jane Perry (b. 1983, Texas; lives in Reykjavík, Iceland) observes dualities in Nature and the human condition in relationship to geophysical and linguistic topographies through sculpture, photography and text. Accessibility, communication, vulnerability and isolation are themes of interest critical of the paradoxical systems governing social and environmental constructs. She holds a M.A. in Fine Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Listaháskóli Íslands, and a B.A. in Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin. She is the recipient of numerous residencies and scholarships, most recently from Rannís Icelandic Centre for Research, UiB Kunst, Musikk, Design in Bergen, Norway and the Department of Stone Sculpture in Évora, Portugal.
In 2016 Perry circumnavigated Iceland on a solo, self-supported cycling journey. The traverse of over 1200 kilometers in 33-days began as a psychophysical exploration into the relationship between spirituality and endurance. A visual-verbal documentation critical of the ecological impacts of tourism, specifically man-made constructs as a commodification and objectification of Nature, ensued. She continues this investigation today in her multidisciplinary artistic research practice.
Perry is the founder and creative director of AUGUST ETTA, a textile-based design collaboration with artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico honouring traditions in handwoven artistry. This project supports women entrepreneurs of Fundación En Vía – a non-profit working to empower women thorough microfinance and educational programming in the Oaxaca Valley.