MEET CAT COULTER

Artist Statement

My art is a load of old rubbish.


Let me explain.


I make assemblage sculptures and cyanotype photograms – sometimes called “blueprints” - as a record of plastic pollution.


By using sunlight, I can transform the appearance of ugly waste plastics into deceptively beautiful but dystopian images, where trash imitates nature.


I aim to draw you in with an attractive image and then challenge your perceptions, and perhaps your conscience, as you begin to realise what you are looking at.


My work should appeal and appal in equal measure.


My work is particularly driven by my concern for the marine environment. I am a year-round open water swimmer and an inveterate beachcomber. My work begins with scavenging the tide-line and my practice is literally washed-up. My materials are dictated by whatever the tide brings.


Much of the plastic pollution in our seas and waterways originates from casually discarded or dumped rubbish. The impact of our throwaway society on the natural environment should not be underestimated.


I aim to raise consciousness and awareness of the continued increase in plastic pollution, particularly since the pandemic and the proliferation of discarded PPE and other single-use plastics.


My ultimate goal is to be forced to stop making this work because there are no more abandoned plastics left to use.


My cyanotypes are blueprints for change.

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