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Catherine Armistead
Affiliation:; Alumni
Dual Degree


Awards/Fellowships:   2017 Medal Award Gala Participant 2017 Metals Area Award Recipient 2016 Boit Award – Honorable Mention 2016 & 2013 Work Study Scholarship Recipient at Penland School of Crafts

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Artist Statement
I make work that questions the constructed barrier between humans and the environment, and alludes to the increasing intertwinement of the manmade and natural. I am fascinated with ideas and theories surrounding the anthropocene, and a lot of my work has to do with my own theories about what will remain when humans have disappeared. To articulate this, I attempt to impose a sense of natural decay and processes on fabricated objects, and to use man-made processes to preserve natural objects in a state of decay. My work is a response to the question of how human-generated objects, materials, and compounds will age with the planet, especially in a post-human world. I work with a variety of media: metalsmithing, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture. I strive to find a balance between the predictable and the unpredictable in every material, and I think of my process as a conversation with my tools and the media.

Artwork submitted for the SMFA Art Sale


  Hot Mess  (2019)
Wall Hanging - Mixed Media
Medium: Gouache, plastic bags, embroidery, & pen and ink  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 22 H: 28

  Y2K Earrings  (2019)
Jewelry - Other
Medium: Lasercut plexiglass & surgical steel  
Edition:    Quantity: 20
Dimensions (inches):   W: 3 H: 3