Catalogue of works by Catharine Newell shown at Ken Saunders Gallery for her 2012 show, Confabulation.
Text of Catharine Newell
Published by Ken Saunders Gallery
230 West Superior StreetChicago, IL 60654
2012 Ken Saunders GalleryAll Rights Reserved
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Design: Deborah KraftPhotography: Dan KvitkaISBN 978-0-9834519-8-3
Published on the occasion of the exhibitionCatharine Newell: Confabulation
June 1 - July 7, 2012
7In a quest to imbue her fused glass objects with meaning Catharine Newell works pictorially com-bining photographic processes with her object making. The results are sculptural in the sense that the objects she creates have weight and mass that sets them explicitly apart from works on paper. But the works are also distinctly graphic, relying primarily on image to convey meaning while the object is somewhat reduced to acting as a support upon which the artwork rests.
In her work Catharine Newell explores notions of perception and memory. The photographic im-ages are suggestive of character and narrative. The juxtaposition of disparate and related images in single works further heightens this suggestion.
These works are exciting because they are so full of suggestion and yet ultimately meaning is elu-sive, thoroughly dependent on the perceptions of the viewer.
Presence of Absence: Louisiana IV201240 x 12 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches
e tend to assume that we are the product of our past,informed and bound bypersonal history and attendant memory.
It seems more logical to presumethat we exist only in the presentwithin the malleability of original consciousness;that we are composed ofperceptions held in the presentof things we erroneously believewe have assigned to the past.
Confabulation XI201241 1/8 x 8 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches
Confabulation XII201261 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches
Presence of Absence: Louisiana III2012 26 x 16 1/4 x 1/2 inches
Confabulation XIII201262 3/4 x 10 1 /4 x 1 1/2 inches
5 Seconds with OP20066 x 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches each
Confabulation X201241 5/8 x 8 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches
Catharine Newell, recognized for her distinctive figurative work using glass powders, exhibits
her unique approach to kiln working internationally. Recent exhibitions include Collect at
Saatchi Gallery in London, Art Chicago and SOFA Santa Fe and Chicago. An ardent educator,
Newells teaching history includes Master classes at Pilchuck Glass School, North Lands Glass
and Corning, as well as venues across Europe and the UK, Australia, China, and Norway.
Juried four times into Corning Museums New Glass Review, her work has been acquired
for the permanent collections of Swedish Hospital, Hotel Murano, Bullseye Glass Company,
Hunter Museum of American Art, University of Miami Lowe Museum and Tsighua University
Museum in Beijing. Newell maintains a private studio in Portland, Oregon.