Latest Shape collaboration: Catherine was a Shape Open 2021 artist in the exhibition 'All Bound Together?'. Catherine was also selected for the Adam Reynolds Shortlist Exhibition in 2018.

Artist Statement: Catherine Cleary is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer, working in video, text, drawing, and painting. Exploring personal narrative, visionary imagery, and their relationship to the outside world, her work often uses layering and chance in multiple media to repurpose imagery and find new meanings.

Lockdown has brought about a widening use of online platforms for mentoring, peer review, professional development, and course learning, which has improved opportunities for artists with access barriers. This has enabled Catherine to develop writing and in particular poetry as an important part of her practice.

Through poetry and film Catherine is seeking ways to articulate, for the first time, her experience of chronic illness and disability.

In 2018 Catherine was a shortlisted artist for the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. She studied BA Fine Art (Painting) at UCA (Farnham) and MA Fine Art (Painting) at City and Guilds of London Art School, was a correspondent at Turps Art School for two years and in 2018 was awarded a Drawing Intensive at the Royal Drawing School. Catherine has exhibited widely both as a solo artist and with video work as a collaborative artist. She worked as a curator for Art:Language:Location 2016, Cambridge. Her most recent show was Feeling for Murmuration at APT Gallery in December 2020.

A collection of silhouettes are layered on top of eachother, creating distorted shapes in the parts where images overlap. The shape of the silhouette resembles the side profile of a person, with slightly elongated features due to the angle of the camera and lighting.

'Personal Independence Payment Face-to-face Assessment' by Catherine Cleary

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Banner Image: In a pink iridescent hues, the pale outline of a window is superimposed over the image of a field. Different parts of the window are in pinks, purples and blues.