Catriona Faulkner's work is an obsessive all consuming approach of collecting, selection and process entangled with symbolic references and metaphors, where shrine akin works emerge from a melting pot of inspiration and experiences. Her visceral approach is her response to an innate need to express creatively from an authentic place and personal perspective. As she says “it needs to come out somehow and my work is how I communicate the subject I know best and fight with everyday, pain“.
Her practice reflects an ethos of using found objects with intrinsic interest to create, gathering and collecting from life’s forgotten mundane detritus. She then recontextualises this undisguised treasure finding a beauty within and painstakingly breathing life into these inanimate objects. Catriona’s use and selection of materials enables a sense of the familiar and recognisable but is reframed and presented in a new context and configuration, objects take on a different role, a hybrid identity of something familiar but transformed, recoded at the same time through placement, selection and relationship. Embedded throughout the work is an underlying questioning in why and how objects gain value and occupy memory in us all throughout cultures and faiths.
Her language and use of materials are personal, coded, symbolic, metamorphic and completely her own.
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