Katelyn Kopenhaver is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Born in 1992 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Kopenhaver received her BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2016 and currently resides in Miami, Florida. Her range of work includes fashion and portrait photography that has been featured in media outlets such as New York Magazine, Interview Magazine, The Cut, METAL, and Netflix.
Kopenhaver was awarded the 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work.
Pulling from judicial and global issues of corruption and personal experience, Kopenhaver attempts to reveal and communicate the contradictions, denial, and fragmentation within the self and culture. Her projects often overlap mediums through intricate and didactic usage of language and visual art and performance, weaving objects and text creating an interrelatedness. Her performances act as studies or situations, asking the viewer or audience to participate or respond in some way they did not anticipate. Conceptually, Kopenhaver is preoccupied with societal oversight: choice, commodity, safety, violence, information, power, and personal action. She weaves the overlooked realities that hover just below our day to day consciousness—the occurrences we knowingly disavow or are conditioned to suppress and relentlessly presents such denial into an existence of unavoidable truth we must now confront and, therefore, question and respond to.