The World at our Feet, Backotheshop Art Cafe in Terrington, until Saturday, July 31 (From York Press)
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The World at our Feet, Backotheshop Art Cafe in Terrington, until Saturday, July 31
RYEDALE-based artist Catherine Scriven is showing her work at the Backotheshop Art Cafe in Terrington throughout July.
Catherine was born in Belgium and has had a life-long passion for art. Her love and enjoyment of drawing, painting and arts and craft made her decision to go to art college very easy.
Unfortunately, following a bad motorcycle accident, Catherine was incapacitated for nearly two years and, on recovery, realised that she needed to gain her independence and earn a living so studied economics and languages with a year-long exchange in Leeds and then a stint in the US, where she renewed her art studies. Catherine got married and came back to Yorkshire, settling in Ryedale and throwing herself into family life with her four children, but the passion for art was still there so she started to study part-time at York St John.
“It took me six years to finish my degree, so home life, the solidity of a good family basis, the everyday routines and structures on which we rely and can fall back on are important to me, hence the everyday objects in my work, the repetition, the value of the ordinary which is often left unspoken,” she said.
Catherine has gone on to have successful exhibitions and become well-known for her community art works “Through focusing on repetitive process, my practice seeks to expose new insights into routine everyday structures and systems,” she added.
“In this process, I am endeavouring to ‘layer’ slices in time and create complex images or installations that are full of richness and depth. My works attempts to extol the virtue of the ordinary and the routine. “The materials used in my practice are a combination of digital photography, drawing and printing on a variety of papers, including handmade paper. The process of layering figurative images from research or observation produces work that takes on a more abstract appearance. Unconventional methods of layering in my work echo the materials I am using such as sewing layers together when dealing with a domestic theme.” The work produced for this exhibition, called The World at our Feet, is a mixture of digital prints and a new body of drawings. The exhibition runs until Saturday, July 31. Opening times are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, or by appointment.