Artist Statement for Catherine Botch
Art is play- the possibilities, “the what ifs”,diverse perceptions!
Ideas come and haunt me till I can reveal them through my Art.
As an artist, I am pulled to observe and examine then document, translate, interpret, affect and effect through my perception and understanding of what takes place around me. From Order, I make Chaos then, ascertain a path to Reorder into a new visual statement. Art becomes an adventure inviting discovery, an intriguing problem or a puzzle calling me to unravel and explore.
I enjoy working in a variety of media. I pick the one that will best portray what I wish to tell. My work tends to use mixed media, lately.
The collage influence is becoming stronger. I enjoy using the traditional formats and bringing it to the new technology of today. Textiles and Quilting have always been very mathematically based, lending itself to the digital format of today’s technology, fused with the artistic use of color theory. Quilting also is based in the compositional qualities used in collage, replacing paper with cloth. Textile Sculptures use the idea of mixing materials for contrast and embellishment. I use these basic qualities to make the process Fine Art, thereby taking it beyond the utilitarian qualities of yesterday.
Challenging perception, illusion, surreal and fantasy themes are complemented by optical illusion or portrayed to look as if you could find it anywhere. They do exist- in my mind. I am drawn to the use of ...