ARTIST STATEMENT

Since 2002, Catherine Michele Adams has pursued fine art photography, specializing in both digital and traditional mediums.  Intrigued by our inextinguishable human compulsion toward survival, she explores themes of persistence.  Just as humans keep on living—doggedly even—in the face of destruction wrought by history, ideology, or simple prejudicial bias, so, too, do the cultural ideas framing and the physical objects inhabiting our worlds.  Inspired and made curious by continuance, by reappearances, and by eruptions of history in the present, she brings a personalized order to these observations by framing them within an aesthetic language born of two decades spent in art historical studies, deploying surreptitiously the aesthetic codes of neoclassical ruin paintings and surrealist juxtapositions, among others.  She has shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Oklahoma City, The Twin Cities, and across the Midwest and East Coast.  She currently resides in Astoria, New York City.

The Acute Charm of Ruin & Development, #1 (Plaza Vieja), Havana, Cuba, 2017.