Catherine Bourne held an open studio event tonight to show some of the work she’s been doing whilst in residence here. It looks interesting, she also took part in the bed-in at the Bluecoat dressed in a gorilla outfit. She’s here until late January 2011 and welcomes visits to her studio to discuss her work.
Catherine, from Melbourne, is hosted by Liverpool Biennial for 3 months undertaking a residency funded by the Australia Arts Council, and is based in Static studios.
Catherine’s photographic and film work, in the styles of early twentieth century documentary portraiture and Occult Photography, incorporates monstrous or hybrid bodily grotesques who inhabit impenetrable spaces. The works are concerned with the visceral response of the spectator, by using the implication of uncontrolled movement in still imagery and experimenting with jerky, unnatural movement in film she undermines the assumption of physical containment within the tradition of portraiture, and implies both a physical and psychological undoing and/or transformation into the unknowable.