Katrina Palmer (b.1967) lives and works in London. Katrina Palmer proposes writing as a form of sculpture in which the object is primarily evoked in the reader's or listener's imagination, through published stories, live readings and installed audio recordings. Reality Flickers is a mixed media installation with audio that draws on sculpture's association with the sensuality of material presence on the one hand, and the memorial of death on the other. The suggestion that 'reality flickers', initially refers to how found objects can fluctuate between absence and presence as art. This flickering is dramatised as existence or death for the characters. Palmer studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She has since held solo exhibitions at MOT International and the Whitstable Biennale. In 2013 she was awarded the Artangel Open Commission. Her work is currently being shown in the group exhibitions Mirrorcity at Hayward Gallery. Palmer has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute in 2015.
Katrina Palmer | "I feel exceptionally lucky to receive the Paul Hamlyn Foundation award. This will radically alter the practicalities of my working environment, enabling me to properly equip a studio with the specific kit that I need to develop my audio recordings alongside more ambitious installations. Crucially, I’ll be able to enhance the sonic quality of my work in tandem with my writing and to do this in an integrated way in a dedicated space. I had not thought this would be possible. The difference this award will make to me is enormous."