Photo - Penny Ryan
"I didn't know a flower could make me feel so much"
Claire, visitor to 'Mrs Larritt in Upside-down Country' at Dudley House, Bendigo Nov 2018
"A beautiful exhibition. I love the story you have told in such an intimate and nuanced way."
Jill, visitor to 'Mrs Larritt' at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne Nov 2019
"Amongst other things, Catherine Pilgrim loves frocks, food, fabric and flowers. And she draws them with a loving and meticulous attention to the detail and truth, emotional and physical, of her subject."
Elly Varenti (during her launch speech at the opening of Widow 2012)
Meticulous, considered drawing is the basis for Catherine Pilgrim’s practice including lithographs, drawings and textiles – with absence, contemporary still life and historical narratives influencing much of the subject matter.
Catherine has exhibited widely since 1994, when she returned to Australia after studying lithography and drawing in Washington DC, USA. In 2011 Catherine completed her Master of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University, Melbourne. Her research was based on the subjective process of capture, which occurs in making a representational image.
This highly nuanced work has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards and won the Australian Print Workshop Collie Trust Award. Catherine's works are held in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Australia Bank, Australian War Memorial and Castlemaine Art Museum.
Catherine's most recent work revolves around women of our complex history of Central Victoria.
"Still - in a way - nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." Georgia O'Keefe
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