CATHERINE CASSIDY is a Sydney-based artist,
born in Ballarat, Victoria.Educated at Melbourne's RMIT
and at the National Art School Sydney.She was awarded
a Master of Fine Art in Painting in 2011 with a body of
work and thesis on a Re-Appraisal of Metonymy in
Contemporary Landscape Response. She has been
a finalist in many state and national awards including
the Paddington Art Prize, AGNSW Dobell Drawing Prize,
NSW Parliament House Plein-Air Painting Prize, Mosman Art Prize,Portia Beach Portrait
Award and the prestigious National Works on Paper Award 2014 when her work was
acquired for the permanent collection of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.
Cassidy has held regular solo and group shows in Sydney and in 2017
was invited by French artist Claire Colin-Collin to exhibit alongside 10 French
contemporary abstractionists in Paris. The exhibtion,Subito Presto2, was hosted
by Progress Gallery Paris and highlighted 11 artists response to intuitive mark making.
"Catherine Cassidy's work has a bravura carried by its daubed
and scribbled marks. Bold, dense,delicious.You can see the joy of her hand,
the sure and deliberate erasures. She is brave, fearless, never afraid of
clumsiness, prettiness, awkwardness or the wayward irreverence of childhood."
Subito Presto 2
Paris November 2017
'I see my work as undeniably of this country but I also want it to come from
another place, a place where I imagine all the original forms of the world must
congregate, a giant meeting-place with things talking with each other.
I want to go there when I paint and choose those things that step forward as
bright, new signifiers of landscape. So, although initially, I work intimately, plein-air,
in some very remote and challenging places, I see myself sitting in two worlds,
I look one way and see things as they appear, then another way and see them
becoming something else, something that hasn't been seen yet.
I like to work with big elemental things, light, air and space and I hope
my work will become even more primal and inventive, to see how far back
I can take natural forms without losing a necessary connection.
I like paint and its mad mistakes and in the end I'm just chasing the best, most
communicative image I can make."
Recent writing: www.terri-brooks-text.blogspot.com.au