Catherine Cartwright is an artist originally from the Houston, Texas area currently based in Boulder, Colorado. She received her MFA (2016) from the University of Colorado Boulder in Art Practices, Painting & Drawing, and her BFA in Painting in 2011 from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. Cartwright has exhibited in Las Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston at Lawndale Arts Center, Project Row Houses, and with the Texas-French Alliance’s “Open The Door” public art project in partnership with the Houston Arts League. She is currently the graduate program coordinator and a lecturer at the Art and Art History department at the University of Colorado Boulder.
My creative work challenges hegemonic constructions of motherhood by using the maternal as a site from which to explore female subjectivity within the larger social network. I use imagery of biological reproduction as metaphor for the human condition, interpersonal relationships, and to explore various schemas for evolutionary survival among social organisms. Employing feminist methodologies, I claim meaning in the personal sphere is organic to the meaning of the larger frame of power, each being a consequence of the other. My work is project-based and interdisciplinary, spanning media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, photography, video, installation, and social practice. My research interests include maternal ambivalence, gender equity, social reproduction theory, phenomenology of perception, affect theory, mythology, epistemological hegemony, and social network theory.