Catherine’s childhood in Africa instilled a lifelong sense of adventure. Born in North East England at 5 weeks she was the youngest passenger to fly on East African Airways back home to Uganda. Before she was 5 she had already travelled extensively through East Africa. In 1977, her family moved to Botswana, living in the Capital Gaborone, then a dusty little town on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. At that time, Botswana was surrounded by racist regimes and was an oasis of stability in a very volatile area.Catherine’s school, Maru-A –Pula, was founded on principles of education for all, known for its anti-apartheid stance.
Many weekends were spent at the museum helping her mum, then Curator, hang exhibitions. Being surrounded by this precious art work has proved to be huge influence on her current work. She is particularly interested in exploring how art can be utilised as a form of resistance. Her work details an ongoing willingness to confront political and social messages. Most recently Catherine completed her MA at Leeds Art University, exploring how to reveal lost and forgotten histories through her art, with a specific focus on Colonialism in Africa.
Following her recovery from severe depression man’s relationship to nature also forms a central element of Catherine’s work. Taking this further Catherines work explores this in relation to man’s actions within the unfolding climate crisis.
Self-taught Catherine’s work is multi-faceted working with a variety of media. She adopts unconventional techniques, often involving industrial tools, and describes her approach herself as “having no rules and disrespecting the surface”. She creates thick impasto and adds any item to hand including plastic, sand, string, leaves, textiles all superimposed on her works with slashes and scars to create dense deep powerful imagery with a moving vulnerability.
A qualified welder Catherine also works with scrap metal creating sculptures, often inspired by African street art.