about the artist
Catherine Nelson combines drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture to create work in response to her surroundings: physical, social and literary. Moving back to Louisiana after 13 years away initiated a period of rediscovery of remembered things, people, plants, customs, and ways of thinking that have become the subject of her recent work. Her latest drawings carry the visual patterns of growth, movement, and breakdown found along the waterways of the Gulf South.Her background includes a BA with distinctions in Visual Art and Art History from Duke University, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Studio Arts from MICA, and a range of apprenticeships and skill-shares (welding/carpentry, bookbinding & boxmaking, textile surface design, sign painting, printmaking). Her work experience includes public art (Giant Puppets, a WolfBat steamboat, murals), teaching artistry, fabrication, bookbinding and academic editing. She also publishes an experimental silk screen zine project called 'Puncture' and occasionally crosses over into dance performance to inform physical drawing practices.