The artist’s primary concern is to create artwork that has an aesthetic sensibility and that also expresses her passion for natural places. Formal qualities that give the photographs strength are taken into account, especially when employing the transformative effect of light. Another concern is that the work bears some relationship to wider political and psychological issues regarding the environment. Of particular interest is how our connection to, or distance from, the natural world affects our general well-being, and whether we are therefore, more or less likely to support policies that protect our environment.
Catherine Cloran is a Sydney-born visual artist/photographer now living on the Mid North Coast of NSW. She graduated from the National Art School (Painting Diploma, 1975), the University of Western Sydney (BA Fine Arts, 2001) and Monash University (MA Visual Arts, 2006). She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and undertaken international residencies in Beijing and Japan.
She has been short-listed for several photography art prizes, including the Head On Photo Festival Landscape Prize in 2015, where she won the NSW Parliament Landscape Photography Prize. The winning work is now part of the Parliament House art collection. She has been short-listed twice for the Perth Centre for Photography CLIP Award, first in 2014 and then in 2018.
Her most recent solo exhibition, Passaggio, in association with Head On Photo Festival and Arthere, was at Barometer Gallery in Paddington, May 2018. She was also represented by Arthere at Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks in September 2018.