Brooklyn-based artist Catherine Stack was born and raised in a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She received her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Catherine has previously taught Continuing Education courses in printmaking and drawing at Massart and she is currently a monitor at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. She has exhibited and curated in various exhibitions including in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee, Virginia, Seattle and Portland. Most recently, Catherine participated in BRASS IN POCKET, a group exhibition at Booklyn.
Through her etchings and fiber-based works, Catherine examines the relationships between tactility, skin, memory, and nostalgia. In her most recent work, she reflects on the tradition and process of craftwork, specifically considering the formal and conceptual abilities of lacework, cross-stitching, and quilting.
“My most recent pieces pay tribute to my mother and grandmothers whose handwork captivated me as a child. Their repetitive stitches and loops come together to create patterns in lace, cross-stitch and quilts. Their touch and engagement with the materials, finger to needle, thread to hand, imbues so much of their spirit in each piece. I mimic their methods and patterns with my own to create collage reliefs of etchings and embroidery. The skeleton of my forms and the maps of my interior spaces are inspired by the matrix of lines that are engraved in the surface of our skin. My prints and sculptures offer a space for quiet, intimate, inner reflection, because for me they embody emotional responses to memories, human relationships, and nostalgia.”