Born in North East England at 5 weeks Catherine flew back home to Uganda. In 1976, her family moved to Gaborone, Botswana, then a dusty town on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. At that time, Botswana surrounded by racist regimes was an oasis of stability. Catherine’s school, Maru-A –Pula, was known for its anti-apartheid stance. School assemblies to honour those killed in the Sharpeville and Soweto massacres are still a powerful memory. Catherine is thus particularly interested in events in Southern Africa when she was growing up and the resistance movement against apartheid.
After a recovery from severe depression, nature and the healing properties of the surrounding environment took on a greater level of importance. Indeed capturing this ‘sense of place’ through art has proved a significant subject matter.
Catherine’s work is multi-faceted working with a variety of media on canvas, paper, wood and glass. She adopts techniques that include using sheets of Perspex, sand, knives, brushes, construction caulk, sanding machines. She describes her approach as “having no rules and disrespecting the canvas” creating thick impasto and adding materials superimposed with slashes and scars to create dense deep powerful imagery with a moving vulnerability.
A qualified welder Catherine also works with scrap metal to create sculptures, often inspired by African street art. Her work details a willingness to confront political and social messages through the power of art, A curator working with Catherine described her work “as each having a piece of your soul left in them”.
Catherine is currently studying for her MA Creative Practice at Leeds Art University where she is exploring how to reveal lost and forgotten histories through her art, with a specific focus on Colonialism in Africa.