Previous AA2A Artist

Catherine Bertola

Year:
2015-16
Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Project summary:

My practice involves creating installations, drawings and photographic works that respond to specific sites, collections and historic contexts. Underpinning my work is a desire to look beyond the surface of everyday objects and buildings, to uncover forgotten and invisible histories of places and people as a way of reframing the past and considering the present.

As an artist I am primarily known for producing installations within historic and non-gallery settings, using materials such as dust to create subtle interventions within spaces. Alongside these works however I have also produced a number of smaller photographic and film works using found images. It is this strand of my practice I would use the AA2A scheme to develop further.

For some time I have been amassing a collection of historic photographs of domestic interiors. The interiors are of buildings that no longer exist or have been transformed beyond recognition due to changing economic and social shifts that have taken place over the course of their history. I am interested in these images as sites in their own right, and find them incredibly charged spaces that are open to interpretation in terms of the possible narratives they tell.

I am interested in creating a series of works using this archive of images, and I have been researching early photographic trickery and the techniques used to manipulate images. I would like to use these traditional processes to generate a series of new composite images; multiple layered photographs that blend historical and contemporary images seamlessly together to create a series of new representations and readings of these interior spaces.

By moving away from digital technology and going back to the early days of photography, when it was still thought to be a form of dark magic, I hope the work will maintain a closer connection to the potency of the original source materials.

My practice involves creating installations, drawings and photographic works that respond to specific sites, collections and historic contexts. Underpinning my work is a desire to look beyond the surface of everyday objects and buildings, to uncover forgotten and invisible histories of places and people as a way of reframing the past and considering the present.

As an artist I am primarily known for producing installations within historic and non-gallery settings, using materials such as dust to create subtle interventions within spaces. Alongside these works however I have also produced a number of smaller photographic and film works using found images. It is this strand of my practice I would use the AA2A scheme to develop further.

For some time I have been amassing a collection of historic photographs of domestic interiors. The interiors are of buildings that no longer exist or have been transformed beyond recognition due to changing economic and social shifts that have taken place over the course of their history. I am interested in these images as sites in their own right, and find them incredibly charged spaces that are open to interpretation in terms of the possible narratives they tell.

I am interested in creating a series of works using this archive of images, and I have been researching early photographic trickery and the techniques used to manipulate images. I would like to use these traditional processes to generate a series of new composite images; multiple layered photographs that blend historical and contemporary images seamlessly together to create a series of new representations and readings of these interior spaces.

By moving away from digital technology and going back to the early days of photography, when it was still thought to be a form of dark magic, I hope the work will maintain a closer connection to the potency of the original source materials.

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