Cathy Carter is a photographic and installation artist, based in Auckland. Her work explores bodies of water as physical, cultural, and unique environmental landscapes. Carter’s practice investigates our often complex, psychological relationship to water across different perspectives and geographical locations, utilising digital collaging to create new ways of experiencing these spaces. Carter’s fascination with water often extends into ecological and ethical issues, conceptually drawing our attention to environmental concerns facing our oceans and waterways, as well as drinking water.
Through the use of intimate perspective Carter’s seeks to embody seeing as an experience rather than solely as observation. As spaces of isolation and destabilisation, the bodies of water depicted in her work offer sensuous and psychologically-compelling encounters, which indicated human vulnerability, as well as the vulnerability of our oceans and waterways at this time in history.
Carter is a graduate of AUT University with a Master of Art and Design (Hons) 2013 and has been a regular finalist in the Wallace Art Awards (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014), the international HeadOn Portrait Prize (2018, 2016 and 2015) and the Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Prize (2018, 2017, 2016). Carter’s work has regularly been exhibited in across New Zealand and Overseas and is held in a number of distinguished public, private and corporate collections including The Wallace Arts Trust and the Parliamentary Art Collection, in New Zealand.