Cathy graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2003, after which she moved to Liverpool to take up a two year Craft Council Nextmove residency at Liverpool Hope University. In 2006 she relocated her practice to a more permanent home within Birmingham’s renowned Jewellery Quarter.
“I was trapped on the tip of Southend pier with an elderly man called Dave, (an eccentric yet morbid local) when I started to drift in to the eccentric world which my current work revolves in. As Dave went into his personal problems in grave detail, (death of budgie, stomach ailments etc.), in desperation I began to stare at the little ringed plovers and imagine their conversations and complaints. I came to the conclusion that they were just like us with their grumbles and gripes, bad habits, love interests and attention seeking behaviour…”
Cathy draws the world as she sees it through a concoction of found objects and wire creating three-dimensional drawings.
Her sculptures explore narratives of the everyday varying in scale from small intimate pieces to large scale public commissions.
Inspiration for this collection now at Heart Gallery came from the Richmond Park parakeets.
The colonies which invade the park made Cathy think of all the escapee pet parrots and their stories. Whether it be parakeets intimidating the local wildlife or a lost cockatiel reunited with it’s owner all sooty and dirty from an exploratory trip into the real world. Seen in Heart Gallery at the moment are parakeets, cockatiels and budgerigars. They are attached to the wall on perches.
Heart Gallery has long admired Cathy’s work and was given the opportunity at Holmfirth Art Market June 2011 to award her an ‘Outstanding Artist’ certificate and exhibition at Heart Gallery.