Catharine Magel has a distinguished career as a studio artist spanning over 20 years of National exhibitions in Museums and Galleries. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant and a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Grant. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. Magel received her Master’s in Fine Arts in 1982 from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 1979 from Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri. She began training as a scenic painter in 1991 in St. Louis and became part of the USA Scenic Artists Union. With this new experience and training, she began to get commissioned work and tackled large projects. In public art, she found a niche and thrived, incorporating painting and sculpting together in large-scale ceramic and mosaic work. “Ceramic art bridges a gap between painting and sculpture,” she says.
Magel collects and invents images and put them together to connect them in a nonsensical way devoid of logic to find a new logic, a new story that comes from everyday life. She is not interested in words; the work is moved by the joys and tragedies of life. Impulses and improvisation are part of the work. Under painting, over painting, cancelling, adding, subtracting, editing until the final work emerges and reveals. There are visually floating patterned decorative elements and various floriated forms with repeated stylized chrysanthemum-like florets, while that particular flower is itself, a culturally fluid symbol evoking lamentation, death, royalty, or happiness. The viewer is forced to create a relational dialogue within the work itself. Playfulness with meaning is apparent in her work with layers of information erased by disguising previous layers of painted glazes.
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