Cathy Carter is a photographic artist, based in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Her art is inspired by concerns about climate change and our evolving relationship with bodies of water as we enter the Anthropocene. Her art practice explores bodies of water as physical, cultural, and unique environmental ‘landscapes’. Cathy’s work investigates our complex psychological relationship to water through different perspectives and geographical locations.
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 and 2014), and the international HeadOn Portrait Prize (2018, 2016 and 2015). She was a finalist in the 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.
Through the use of intimate perspective, Cathy seeks to embody seeing as an experience rather than solely as an observation. As spaces of isolation and destabilization, the bodies of water depicted in her work offer sensuous and psychologically-compelling encounters. This suggests human vulnerability in these environments, as well as the vulnerability of our oceans and waterways at this time in history.