A Natural History of Collage

Visual Stories: Bees by Catie O’Leary
10″x8″; collage with antique engravings; 2019

Catie O’Leary: A Natural History of Collage

at the Fresno Art Museum in Fresno, California, USA
20 July 2019-5 January 2020

The images in Catie O’Leary’s collages are original engraved illustrations from antique books. The books are her inspiration as well as her material. The meticulously cut-out pieces become puzzle pieces in her selection process creating a continuous thread throughout the years of an invented nature. The unexpected juxtapositions become poetic landscapes combining elements of nature and man.

About the artist

After seeing a Jess exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, Catie O’Leary abandoned all other art forms for collage. The engraved illustrations are her material as well as her inspiration. She has shown at the Jack Fischer Gallery and Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco and has been in numerous exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the Oberpfalzer Kunsterhaus in Fronberg, Germany. Most recently, she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. A California native, she received her MFA from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. She lives and work in Pacific Grove, California. Find out more on her Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory page.

(adapted from the artist’s press materials)


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