Catie O’Leary

Visual Stories: Window
12.25″x8.5″; collage with antique engravings; 2017

Catie O’Leary
Pacific Grove, California, USA

STATEMENT

The images in my collages are original engraved illustrations from antique books. The books are my material as well as my inspiration. The meticulously cut-out parts become puzzle pieces in my selection process creating a chain of associations. Each collage is densely composed and like a novel, it takes time to read the intimate yet abstract narratives. The unexpected juxtapositions become embellished maps, poetic landscapes combining the elements of nature and man.

BIO

After seeing a Jess exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, I abandoned all other art forms for collage. The engraved illustrations are my material as well as my inspiration. I have shown at the Jack Fischer Gallery and Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco and have been in numerous exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the Oberpfalzer Kunsterhaus in Fronberg, Germany. Most recently I was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. A California native, I received my MFA from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. I live and work in Pacific Grove, California

ARTIST CONTACT

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IMAGES

Visual Stories: Doves
10.25″x8.5″; collage with antique engravings; 2017
Visual Stories: Dahlias
12.25″x9″; collage with antique engravings; 2018
Visual Stories: The Touch
12″x8″; collage with antique engravings; 2018
Visual Stories: Basket
12″x8″; collage with antique engravings; 2019