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Artist Catherine Baumhauer

Catherine Baumhauer

Hawthorne, CA, USA


American, b. 1976   —   Catherine Baumhauer was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and CalArts (MFA). Her background in painting, sculpture, animation, film and her life as a mother influences her current work. She’s shown at Under the Bridge at Bridge Red Studios, Miami, Florida, Girls Club, Miami, Florida, CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea, Stand Gallery, Asheville, NC, Shockboxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, and Hawthorne Art Complex, CA. Baumhauer lives and works in Los Angeles. My paintings fuse the traditional art mediums of oil and acrylic paint with unconventional found and domestic materials such as wallpaper, cardboard, kids homework and bits of plastic. This mixed-media approach creates textured layers with a color-saturated, rich-hued palette and thick impasto paint. Abstracted marks, representational forms and figures, and their placement establish connections to my surrounding environment. These explorations generate binary relationships between representational imagery and abstraction, whereby such figures and forms emerge that represent oppositional forces—pastoral versus industrial, domestic versus feral, or masculine versus feminine. Fragmented realities and narratives within my work reflect the multiple roles I have as mother, wife, daughter, sister, self and artist. My work addresses a tension of opposites and forges a new space between these dualities.

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