Cathy Carter’s work is inspired by concerns about climate change and our evolving relationship with bodies of water, drawing our attention to the growing evidence that these liquid ecosystems are under significant threat. Her practice navigates our complex psychological relationship to water, through different perspectives and geographical locations, as well as exploring bodies of water as physical, cultural, and unique environmental ‘landscapes’. Within these landscapes, there is an opportunity to reconnect emotionally with the natural world and make connections with internal worlds. She seeks to embody seeing as an experience rather than solely as an observation.
Carter employs intricate digital collaging techniques, to create works of hyper reality which explore human relationships to bodies of water as unique environmental, physical and cultural landscapes. Shooting, assembling, layering and manipulating photographic images, Carter’s highly constructed works offer immersive experiences, sensuous and psychologically-compelling encounters within spaces of isolation and destabilization.
Cathy is a graduate of Auckland University of Technology with a Master of Art and Design (Hons) 2013. A finalist in the international HeadOn Landscape Prize, 2018. A five-time finalist in the Wallace Art Awards (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2014), and the international HeadOn Portrait Prize (2019, 2018, 2016 & 2015). She was a finalist in 2018, 2017 and 2016 Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award. Carter’s work has been exhibited in Auckland, Wellington, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Sydney, Paris, Sczcecin Poland, Cincinnati Ohio and New York City. Her work is held in many collections including The Wallace Arts Trust, The Parliament Art Collection and The Fisher Trust.