Cath Campbell's practice is dominated by an ongoing enquiry into the status, meaning and fabric of architecture. Taking Modernism as a point of departure Campbell re-appropriates architectural imagery from memory or imagination to create works that reinvent our associations with the built environment.
Drawing, sculpture, photographic works, film and large-scale installations combine to create a world of make-believe spaces inspired by encounters with plans for actual places that are closed off or inaccessible to her.
Campbell often works closely with architects, engineers and fabricators to create large-scale interventions that make use of the materials and forms intrinsic to a building. In this sense, Campbell's work often bears subversive implications, which subtly jibe at the conventions of public art. Rather than adding a new object to a given environment, she distorts or reorders existing structures in a way that enables a shift of both meaning and space.
Cath is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK.
CV & Education
Cath Campbell was born in 1972 in Ilkeston, UK. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University.
Recent exhibitions include: There will always be cowboys, York College Gallery (York, UK), Da Vinci Engineered, Zebedees Yard (Hull, UK), Canary yellow with royal blue, DLI and Durham Art Gallery, (Durham, UK), My mum was a beatnik, canary yellow with royal blue, Baltic 39, (Newcastle, UK), Everything we do connects the space Workplace Gallery, (Gateshead, UK) Fifty ways to leave your lover, Open Space, (Cologne, Germany), A foreign encounter, Gallery FOE 156 (Munich Germany), Mostyn Open 2013, Oriel Mostyn (Llandudno, Wales), Enter Slowly The Lab (San Fransisco, USA).
Recent public and architectural commissions include Untitled (Trellis), Trinity Hall College, Cambridge University (Cambridge UK), 21 Arches instead of a gate, Waltham Forest Borough Council (London, UK) and Marathon, Yards Park, (Washington DC, USA).
Cath is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead. She lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne.