Catherine Outwin is an Abstract Expressionist Artist.
Auckland-based artist Catherine Outwin creates contemporary abstract paintings establishing her own vocabulary of texture and interruption through colour and form. After studying Visual Arts at M.I.T. in 2004 she has painted from her studio in Takapuna.
Her work is inspired by seductive materials such as resin, acrylics and mixed media and are created after meditating on subjects such as our emotional responses to colour.
By a process of addition and manipulation Catherine explores the relationship between surface and depth, creating a dynamic interplay between elements.
The paintings you see are the final scene of a moving picture whose history is encoded in layers of resin.
My latest body of work has been inspired by my work as a behavioural therapist and the emotions that are brought on by our nervous systems and associated with our thoughts, feelings, behavioural responses and the pleasure or pain these emotions evoke. Emotions are complex and a wonderful challenge to express through my art. Sometimes we are consciously aware of our emotions and other times the experiences that arouse the emotion are trapped in our subconscious. As an artist, I constantly go “into the zone” whilst creating, this can produce organically created and expressive work, derived from my subconscious mind.
Earth, Water & Fire Exhibition
One of North Auckland’s most interesting and successful galleries will be presenting an exhibition of Catherine Outwin’s mixed media paintings from May 24th – June 13th, 2008.
Earth, Water, Fire is Catherine’s 3rd solo exhibition and offers the opportunity to see her latest group of beautiful and unique paintings which use mixed media and layers of resin. The colour palette she has used includes rich and vibrant reds, earthy tones and deep blues.
On a deeper level the paintings allude to her passion for the environment and our relationship with it – whether as conservationists or destructors. The resin can signify water for example or reflect the viewers image incorporating them as part of the work.
I See RED ! Exhibition
”Abstract Art is a new kind of visual language which challenges the viewer by removing the subject matter thus providing freedom from the subject matter and forcing us to become active participants in finding recognisable forms by using our imaginations. ”
‘My latest body of work has been inspired by the seductive materials and colours which investigate modern techniques of mixed media art. As a result of experimentation and a fascination with colour charts I’ve derived a new avenue for creative expression through my use of colouring and resins.
A lot of the paintings refer to movement – circles, momentum, concentric, symbols moving across the board, water falling, liquid etc… This theme goes perfectly with the organicity of the resin and other materials.’