She employs recurring motifs such as Luna Park, religious iconography and anthropomorphised creatures, to depict a vividly lived experience and a richly imagined alternative reality.
Dr Catherine Bell says that, “Cathy’s artwork presents her lived experience and explores the construction of self, from daily ritual, to fantastical dreamscape, which is a confrontation with her own unconscious.”
“Cathy also appears in many works in a range of guises that allude to the mythic Trickster figure and his ability to morph between alternative realities.”
Cathy Staughton’s Wondrous Imaginarium is supported by a full colour Leonard Joel Series catalogue, which vividly captures Staughton’s lived and dreamed experiences.
Cathy Staughton’s Wondrous Imaginarium
Arts Project Australia – 24 High Street, Northcote
Exhibition: 24 August – 5 October 2013
For more information, visit: www.artsproject.org.au for details.
Image: Catherine Staughton Luna Park face witche 2007 (detail) pencil, ink and gouache on paper, 76 x 57cm, Collection of Nectar Efkarpidis, Molonglo Group, Canberra