Notable for their curiously unsettling shabbiness, Catharine Maloney’s photographs are clearly testament to the author’s laissez faire attitude to perfection and technical mastery. By shooting with a medium format camera, scanning in the film and routinely tinkering with the images in Photoshop, the Texan-born artist then gets prints made cheaply and either draws on them or creates collages. They combine the coarse ingenuity of mixing and layering various media with an ambiguous and uneasy decontextualisation of objects and subjects. Peopling the images, figures can often appear multiple times within the same work, and superimpositions, doublings and reflections are all commonplace. So too are distortions in scale and perspective. All the long-held notions of space and temporality appear to collapse revealing photography’s limits and inherent contradictions.
About the Artist
For the last three years Catharine Maloney has been combining and recording her interest in men, television, outer space, and play in her photographic series Teleplay, Part I. Bright, makeshift costumes and backdrops are reorganized in awkward collages, displayed alongside lighthearted, glitter, watercolor, blue-tack, and marker pen constructions.
Maloney’s work has been features in blogs such as It’s Nice That, I heart Photograph, The Art Blog, I like this blog, Zoum Zoum, and Print Liberation. She recently had a collage in the inaugural issue of Excerpt Magazine and was chosen as one of Humble Art’s 31 women photographers under 31 in 2009. Also in 2009, Catharine graduated from Yale School of Art with an MFA. In 2012 Catharine graduated with an MA in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
About the Publisher
Skinnerboox is an Italian publishing house focused on contemporary photography.