Catherine Woo’s work explores the interrelationship between humans and the natural environment with her delicate, detailed and abstract forms drawing similarities and connections between the human body and environment. Her most recent body of work was developed by collaborating with the immediate environment and natural processes. She says that: “the work has evolved through process-based experimentation where elements of the weather have been incorporated into my practice – rain has been channeled into the studio, and combined with the vibrations of the wind, the motion of water and various natural and found materials.” Her inspiration for these works is sourced from the tidal flats in southern Tasmania and the salt lakes of northwestern Victoria. By inviting the natural elements into her studio she tracks her interaction with them, “leaving not so much a record of my perception of the environment, [but] as a trace of our alliance.”
Catherine Woo graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania in 2013, having previously studied at Sydney College of Fine Arts and the ANU School of Art. She has been exhibiting since 1997 across Australia as well as internationally in the United Kingdom, Korea and Hong Kong. In 2008, she was invited to exhibit at the Biennale of Australian Art at the South Gallery of South Australia and was a finalist in the City of Hobart Art Prize in 2002, 2011 and 2012. Her work is in collections including Artbank, Macquarie Bank, Visy and the RACV.