Cathie Bleck

Artist Statement When I was a girl I fell in love with darkness.  The tools I work with-pen, ink, knives and clay-became natural choices for someone drawn to observe and record the world in close detail.  My art explores the space and tension between opposing forces. These forces in our lives can be profoundly good or extraordinarily bad. I don't see darkness as a place of fear, rather choosing to associate it with a sense of risk and excitement.


I see and feel the most important part of being human as those moments when we have the courage to be reborn, rise up and overcome adversity.  What I find myself drawn to in art is depicting these exploring moments of transformation.  Not the condition before or after, but the state when something happens and we are moving through our lives.  That is the point in time when we experience courage, love and transcendence.  This 'movement' of life is a culmination of many pieces which fit together in a complex puzzle that shifts a little here and there, morphing over time.  My intent is to interpret this outcome by utilizing interconnected forms, intense contrasts of tone and imagery, emphasizing the necessity for all species to maintain an equilibrium in a world of constant change.