Artist Catherine Eaton Skinner illuminates the balance of opposites and numerical systems – ranging from simple tantric forms to complex grids, reflecting mankind’s attempts to connect to place/each other.
Skinner’s creativity stems from growing up in the Pacific Northwest, her Stanford biology degree and Bay Area Figurative painters Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell’s painting instruction. Between Seattle and Santa Fe studios, she concentrates on painting, encaustic, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
Various art anthologies contain her work. 100+ publications have highlighted Skinner’s art, including LandEscape Art Review (London), Artists on Art, Magazine 43 (Berlin, Hong Kong, Manila) and the Radius Book publication of her monograph 108. Skinner has had 39 solo domestic and international exhibitions. Marin MOCA, the Royal Academy of Art, Yellowstone Art Museum and the Japanese Handmade Paper Museum have shown her work. Corporate and public collections include the Embassy of the United States, Tokyo; Boeing Corporation, Seattle; and the University of Washington, Seattle.
On July 23rd of 2018 a 10’ flashflood swept through the Big Tesuque Canyon, washing downstream animals, debris and boulders. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where my backyard was old growth forests, freshwater lakes and rich marshes, volcanic ancient mountains, and the salt water of Puget Sound. This year there has been unprecedented heat in the west. Our presumed control over the environment has evolved into a “new norm.” I work between studios in Seattle and Santa Fe, places where people honor the earth, the air, and the water. Archetypal elements mark these landscapes, standing as vestiges of time. The work in these monotypes references the horizontal line between the sky and earth and the vertical line of the axis mundi. My macro photographs beneath the ink echo the colors and gestures of my painting wall over many years. The possibility of hope for our environment and ourselves as humans comes in the form of the returning light in the morning sky.