KT Duffy is a new media artist and educator from Chicago’s Southwest Side. Their mission in life is to demystify coding and technology for creatives, with a focus on those underrepresented in STEAM fields. 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 in Chicago, IL.
They have exhibited nationally and internationally in both traditional and non-traditional including South Bend Museum of Art, (South Bend, IN) Terrault Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Mono8 Gallery (Manilla, Philippines) and The Costume House (Toronto, Ontario), The Hole(NY, NY) School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Hillyard Art Center, (Washington, DC), Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (Denton, TX), Satellite Art Show (Art Fair, Miami Art Week), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), NoMü NoMü (Washinhgton, DC), Space Camp (Baltimore, MD), and as PIXELFACE at Comfort Station (Chicago, IL) and LoRez Brewery (Chicago, IL). They have done residencies at Arlington Art Center (Johnson, VT), a forthcoming residency at Latitude Chicago in May 2019 and at ChaNorth in June 2019.
Working in the space between the digital and the physical, KT 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. Drawing from an expansive and obsessively created “library” of code snippets and cad/cam forms, Duffy creates pieces that evolve and inherit attributes from each other. These entities can stand as singular organisms or be displayed as part of a larger gaggle.
The visual elements in their work reference a broad spectrum of living and non-living 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.