Catharine Carter

Opening Reception: Sunday, Nov 11, 2012    2-5pm

Exhibition dates: November 7 - January 7, 2013
Gallery hours: M-F 10-6, S 10-2
The Framer's Corner, 210 West Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510  919.929.3166

Artist Statement 

Limited edition archival ink jet prints

My current photomontage work, like complex fragments of dreams remembered and forgotten again, weaves images from daily life and past experiences together into a new memory, myth or allegory that resembles, but is distinct from what existed before.

Photomontage allows me to create visual narratives that draw me into mysterious and alluring spaces. It is a way to frame deep feelings, giving the viewer a unique opportunity to identify and find meaning in the images that evoke their own memory and experience.

Sometimes I work with a preconceived idea or have an allegory or a metaphor in mind which I illustrate by combining images I have previously captured to help me convey that thought.  Other times a new narrative is inspired by chance as I capture new images. I purposely leave the titles short and ambiguous to engage the viewer in their own story or childhood memory thereby allowing many different endings or scenarios for each image. My work often draws inspiration from the romantic figures of the Pre-Raphaelites like J.W. Waterhouse and Lawrence Alma-Tadema or even the mythological landscapes of Maxfield Parrish.

In my earliest darkroom experiences I used multiple enlargers and negatives, selectively burning and dodging the light coming through the enlarger lens to challenge what was real and what was perceived. Today I use digital darkroom tools to combine and overlay images, working in monotones and adding layers of texture to capture the nebulous shadow world of dreams. Captivated by the artistry of illustrators from early 20th century children’s books like Arthur Rackham and intrigued by drawings from the 17th and 18th century by artists like William Blake, I try to emulate the warm graphic quality of their tonal range.

The limited edition photographs are printed on InkPress Warm Tone Baryta paper using an Epson ink jet printer and produced in dark sepia tones.

Catharine Carter: Passing


Catharine Carter: Release


Catharine Carter: Torn