Auckland based artist Christine Cathie works in cast glass, creating compelling abstract sculptural forms that draw flowing lines through space. Cathie's works are identifiable for their twists, turns and sweeping curves, created in flawlessly finished coloured glass.
Working in the multi-step lost wax technique, achieving such smooth and fluid forms in her work is a tell of the artist's technical mastery in glass. Cathie carefully finishes the surfaces of her works, setting up an interplay of matte vs shiny surfaces, adding to the dynamic qualities of her sculptural shapes.
Cathie's pieces present the viewer with a number of compelling dichotomies, the pieces look simultaneously fragile and strong; balanced yet looks precarious; weightless - yet with form and substance. As the artist describes: "I aim to achieve a sense of lightness, rhythm and frozen action by creating a feeling of tension within the work."
Cathie has staged numerous solo exhibitions with galleries across Australasia and has also exhibited in the US and Europe. She has been awarded grants, prizes and commissions for her work including being named a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Glass Awards and the Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia. Cathie's work can be found in private a public collections such as the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.
Christine Cathie's works are identifiable for their twists, turns and sweeping curves, created in flawlessly finished coloured glass.