KT Duffy is a new media artist and educator from Chicago’s southwest side. They received their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 and are currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Northeastern Illinois University.
KT Duffy creates carnal and colorful transmedia mashups that protrude outside of easy definition. Working in the space between labor and automation, Duffy conjures entities into existence via code-based processes and digital fabrication. These entities fuse the aesthetics of digital devices with organic forms to speculate on a future modality where no entity is bound to a singular reality, expression, or substance. The visual elements in their work reference a broad spectrum of living and non-living lumpy-squiggly things from both real and speculative environments. Duffy’s work utilizes the limitations of digital fabrication systems as an opportunity to break out of the normative media ratio, leading to cleverly manufactured facets whose material transforms from constraint to bridge.
Duffy’s social practice strives to demystify coding and technology for creatives, with a focus on creatives underrepresented in tech-based or STEAM careers. Duffy strongly believes in the medium’s capacity for promotion of alternative narratives and cultivating spaces for accessible conversations where knowledge can be shared and developed outside of hierarchical structures.