“I have a strong belief that you need courage as an artist to break away from the mould. There always needs to be an element of fear in making work”
Cath Stocker is a Visual Artist and Curator living and working in West Wales.
Taking risks, challenging processes and experimenting with different materials are some of the essential things that drive me. I create work in 2 and 3D. My work has always centred around ‘Artivism’ which is the anchor, as it is very often concerned in raising awareness about social, political and environmental issues. I am an ambassador for causes I feel strongly about and strive to increase people’s awareness and perceptions through my art. ‘Sense of place’ and ‘Belonging’ are regular themes. Our connection with nature and the world around us resonates now more than ever and it is this connection that is reflected in the natural materials and finishes I work with.
I explore and celebrate the flaws in nature and the imperfections that give materials true beauty. I am fascinated with the natural patination process in metals and wood. Patination is an important feature in my work and I am constantly experimenting!
I am not interested with making perfect representations of the human body or face in sculptural form. Other sculptors do this much better.
I am inspired by a broad spectrum of artists. Constantin Brâncuși, a pioneer of Modernism, is the main influence in my sculptural work and my love of the ‘Modernist’ aesthetic extends into architecture. I also find inspiration from painters such as American Abstract Expressionist, Hans Hofmann, who held a strong conviction about the spiritual and social value of art. This is a conviction I also share and use to galvanise the themes I am working on. Another more contemporary influence on my work is Julian Schnabel the American painter and filmmaker, who frequently experiments with new materials and painting techniques, and embraces various modes simultaneously to avoid being limited by a signature style. I aspire to the same drivers, which resonate with my own practice”.
Originally from Buckinghamshire, Cath Stocker studied at Amersham College of Art & Design and Leeds Beckett University, graduating with a B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art. They have exhibited extensively across the UK and as far afield as Finland and Austria.