Katherine McLeod is an interdisciplinary artist. Raised by scientists near the Everglades in Florida, she is now based in Queens. After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in art, she went on to work for various zoos and aquariums as an exhibit design specialist.

McLeod studies the way human hardships have shaped our perception of ourselves throughout history. She attempts to identify the age-old struggle of man’s relationship with nature and each other. Through research into the lives and habits of individual people, plants, and animals, new associations are constructed.

On the island, she will be working on a project about historical attempts to swim to Manhattan, as well as a project about fishing. She is also currently compiling an archive of photographs and writings made by her uncle during his time spent as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist