Cathy Wilkes’s work
The artist’s installations of objects, readymades and paintings are formally precise and contemplative. Their essentially diaristic and self-reflective forms are composed using a complex and liberated visual language. Her work, whilst in many ways uncompromisingly introspective, is characterised by direct, almost diagrammatic invocations of daily human experience.
Cathy Wilkes was born in Belfast in 1966, and studied in Glasgow and Belfast. Solo exhibitions include The Modern Institute, Glasgow (1999), Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2001), Cubitt Gallery, London (2001); Migros Museum, Zurich (2002); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2004), Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (2004, 2007) and Milton Keynes Gallery (2008). Her many group exhibitions include Beck’s Futures, ICA, London (2000); Gwanju Biennial, South Korea (2002); Independence, South London Gallery (2003); Selective Memory, Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2005); 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2004) and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, MuHKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp (2007).