Cathyann Coady - July 2016
My artistic interests and expressions are inescapably autobiographical, and represent a distillation of my visual responses to “where we are” as a society.
My work extends on the vernacular of Pop and Conceptual Art. Sometimes ‘readymade’ objects are displaced from their more orthodox context, making them suddenly more visible and confronting. As an artist, my intention is to raise awareness of, and connect with, our time - a period which seems to be characterized by enormous privilege and over-indulgence, bursting at the seams with a limitless array of options and decisions which can generate their own sets of anxieties for individuals. The same self-perpetuating machinery which urges us toward increased levels of consumption also promises us solutions – pills and other medication, the endless exploration of our own psyche, or products that might enhance the pleasure that our bodies are able to offer us and others.
A sole medium or a single work in isolation can be insufficient to address any major theme in a holistic way, so I recognize the need to variously choose installation and performance art (including dance), video, sculpture and painting in my ongoing practice.