Cathy Carter’s art practice centres on water, in all its forms, and our complex relationship to it. In her work she explores bodies of water as physical, cultural and social ‘landscapes’. Through the use of intimate perspective she seeks to embody seeing as an experience rather than solely as observation. As spaces of isolation and destabilization, the bodies of water depicted in her work offer sensuous and psychologically-compelling encounters, and explore human vulnerability in these environments, as well as the vulnerability of our oceans and waterways at this time in history.
Currently Carter is working primarily with photography and installation, and is based in Grey Lynn, Auckland. She is a graduate of AUT University with a Master of Art and Design (Hons) 2013. Carter has been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards six times (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014), and the international Head On Portrait Prize (2018, 2016 and 2015). She was a finalist in the 2019, 2017, 2016 Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Prize. Carter’s work has been exhibited in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Paris, Sczcecin Poland, Cincinnati Ohio and New York.