Memory Muscle is the first outcome of an on-going project that examines the recent repatriation of human remains from the Charité Medical History Museum in Berlin back to Australia, over a century after they were removed. Using unfixed photographic paper, an image is created that never rests, that mirrors an exchange of objects and material, not only between Germany and Australia, but also between mineral and organic, the human and the geologic. Memory Muscle looks at how body and material are exchangeable; depending on where one sits in relation to history and politics.
Unique print on unfixed black and white photographic paper, 10” x 14”, allowed to fade in ambient light. Exhibited in Ground Work (curated by Manuel Wischnewski), Lehrter Siebzehn, Berlin, 2014. Exhibition catalogue available here.
Self-published artist book coming soon.
Standing Stone is an installation that transposes the marks on our own bodies into a large-scale map using basalt boulders collected from the Western Victorian Volcanic Plains, steel poles and sticky tape. Referencing the ancient Indigenous stone arrangements present in this area and the stellar constellations whose movements they trace, the installation crosses both the geographic and corporeal timescales – traversing the mineral to organic and the infinite to the micro.
Exhibited at BLINDSIDE, Melbourne, 2014, with support from Arts Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts. Exhibition catalogue text, With the Universe at Our Backs, by Laura Skerlj.
Installation images 1-6 by Matthew Stanton.
Batholith is a site-specific installation of photography and sculpture. Using undeveloped photographic paper and sticky tape, a crude solargraph traces the movement of light falling through the west-facing window of the gallery.
Exhibited at Knight Street Art Space, Melbourne, 2013, with support from Arts Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts. Exhibition catalogue text by Samuel Webster.
An interview between Catherine Evans and Laura Skerlj features in the most recent issue of The Meander online journal. Held in the weeks leading up Catherine's exhibition, Standing Stone, the interview gives insight into the ideas behind the new work, the artists' working process and studio images. Have a look here.
Photo: Caitlin Teal Price.
Moon Rock is a 14 page limited edition artist book produced during the PICTURE BERLIN 5 year festival, 2014, as part of a risograph workshop with Yellow Magic, a Paris-based book design studio. It is the outcome of a collaboration between Catherine Evans, Ana Riaza, Siva Hamilton, Veronica Bruce and Melanie Irwin.
A photograph taken from the artist’s family archive is mirrored and repeated. Playing with the negative and positive found naturally with unusual markings of the body, this is juxtaposed against a small rock balanced on a kenzan; a bodily form, framed, that also holds it own blemishes in the pattern of lichen on its surface.
Exhibited at Platform Public Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, 2013.
Bird Hide and Bunker
Bird Hide and Bunker is a collaborative project between artists Catherine Evans and Caroline Phillips that investigates the physical and philosophical similarities between the bird hide and the bunker as they appear in close proximity in Melbourne’s outer west. Both built to conceal and protect an observer, they provide an interesting starting point for thinking about our own relationship with nature and history.
Exhibited at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, 2012, and M16 Art Space, Canberra, 2013. Exhibition text by Catherine Evans.
In response to the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand, a photograph of a woman from the artist’s family archive is juxtaposed with the precariously balanced weight of a volcanic rock and modified domestic objects.
Exhibited at Rae and Bennett Gallery, Melbourne, 2012.
Bodies of Water
Sculptural installation (photograph, plaster, lead crystal glass).
Exhibited in Future Now, The Substation, Melbourne, 2012, (then toured regional Victoria 2012-2013) and VCA Graduate Exhibition, Melbourne, 2011. Future Now exhibition catalogue available here.
Sculptural installation (aluminium, plaster, lead crystal glass, found branches).
Exhibited at Eildon Gallery, Alliance Française, Melbourne, 2011. Exhibition catalogue available here.
Installation of photography, video, and sculpture (plaster, en-tout-cas, sea grass, taxidermied black swan, glass, steel).
Exhibited at George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, 2011 and VCA Graduate Exhibition, Melbourne, 2010. Opening night performance choreographed by Meah Velik-Lord for Travel Art Dance Company. Exhibition catalogue texts by Caroline Phillips and Annabel Boyer available here.
Photo: Justin Foo.
Photo: Justin Foo.
Series of 8 silver gelatin photographic prints, 8 x 10″ each.
Exhibited in The Envelope: The Feminist Salon Residency, West Wing (West Space), Melbourne Central, 2010.
Series of silver gelatin photographic prints, 8 x 10″ each, 2008.