Kat Lyons’ (b. 1991, Louisville, Kentucky) practice explores the complexities of earthly life to question the limitations of human categorisation and understanding. Her compositions aim to transcend anthropocentric realities to welcome the natural world as a force of agential and moral significance. Presenting her subjects across various planes of existence, Lyons challenges normative frameworks of perception. Her theatrical vignettes of animals and insects are wrought with an eeriness that is indicative of the anxiety and grief materialised amongst non-humans living in the Anthropocene.
Lyons completed a BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2019) and the Shandaken Paint School (2020). Recent solo and group shows include: Fire Figure Fantasy, ICA Miami, Miami (2022); Early Paradise, Pilar Corrias, London (2021) and My Secret Garden, Asia Art Centre, Taipei (2021). Forthcoming exhibitions include: Au-delà, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2022) and PRESENT ’23: Building the Scantland Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus (2022). Lyons’ work has recently been acquired by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Fry Museum, Seattle; Longlati Foundation, Shanghai, and Yuz Museum, Shanghai, amongst others.