My sculpture and installation work explores architecture and the monumental; ruins of buildings, void spaces interwoven with the fast changing rising concrete landscape. I am conscious of the afterlife of a material itself, considering waste, it’s reclamation, recycling and degradation. Using a combination of construction and discarded recycled materials I create situations in which my sculptures are either suggestive of a form of destruction, or are gradually being destroyed in the process of making. Fragments of previous sculptures become the aggregate for the next in a constant regurgitative flux, forming layers of synthetic sediments in a material journey. Working site-responsively I use subsequent detritus materials, making and un-making the work in the same space, in a performative interaction between the object, audience and site.
These objects I make relate to my own body and my extended reach, through modular construction, playing with scale and weight. As the structures grow, sometimes in and out of my control, a performative navigation emerges as they take on a life of their own. They squeeze into awkward spaces and climb higher beyond my reach, in an attempt to escape from the space that they were made.
Catriona Robertson is a Scottish/British artist living in London. Catriona graduated from the Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture and Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art. Catriona has recently won the Gilbert Bayes Award at the Royal Society of Sculptors 2022 with a year long mentorship and support programme. In 2021 she was runner up, winning the Second Prize UK New Artist of the Year with an inaugural exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery supported by Robert Walters Group. She was awarded a Studio Prize at SET Riverside House in Woolwich and commissioned to build a large scale installation for the SET lobby. Her most ambitious work includes creating an Immersive exhibition ‘WYRM’ part of ‘Terra Nexus’ funded by the Proposition studios at the former ITV building on the Southbank in 2021 where she produced work in response to our relationship with the ecology, soil erosion, the importance of biodiversity and the anthropocene. In 2020 she was selected for the Standpoint Gallery studio residency programme supported by the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, and in 2019 was awarded a funded place as artist in residence at MERZ in Sanquhar, supported by Creative Scotland with a solo exhibition.
Recent Exhibitions include: ‘Lost in a just in time supply chain’ curated by Josh C Wright, Peacocks, Catford (2022), ‘Residency Final Show’ Muse Gallery (2022), ‘Winter Sculpture Park’ Gallery no.32 Bexley (2022), ‘We Won’t Stop Showing’ SET Woolwich (2022), ‘Winter Show’ Muse Gallery Residency 2021-22), ‘UK New Artist of the Year’ the Saatchi Gallery, curated by Garth Gratrix (2021), ‘Underlay’ solo show at SET Woolwich (2021), ‘Pigeon Park‘ curated by Christopher Stead, Jo Dennis & Stephen Burke (2021), ‘The Factory Project’ curated by Thorp-Stavri (2021), ‘Terra Nexus’ curated by Gabriella Sonabend at Proposition Studios (2021), ‘A Sculpture of Site, an object of Play’ Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Residency, Standpoint Gallery (2020)
Catriona is a Specialist Technician in Mouldmaking and Casting and Metal Fabrication at Central Saint Martins, and Tutor in Concrete casting, and Resin/Silicone courses.
Selected Awards and Residencies:
2022 – Gilbert Bayes Award, Royal Society of Sculptors
2021 – Second Prize, Runner up UK New Artist of the Year, awarded by UK New Artists, Robert Walters Group and the Saatchi Gallery
2021 – SET Studio Prize winner
2021-22 – Muse Gallery 269 selected as Artist in Residence
2021- Lambeth Council Economic Resilience Grant
2021 – Shortlisted for Arts and Heritage, Pontefract Castle Commision
2020 – Studio & Research Residency – Proposition Studios, Peckham, London
2021 – Acme Studios Artist relief award
2020 – Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund
2020 – Resident at the Koppel Project Campus, Central Saint Martins, Holborn, London
2020 – Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Residency at Standpoint Gallery, London
2019 – Merz Gallery, Solo Residency, Creative Scotland , Sanquhar
2019 – Emerging Artist Award, British Council, Berlin, Germany
2018-19 – South Square Trust Bursary
2017-19 Oppenheim Downes Trust Bursary
2018 – Praksis Oslo, selected for funded place as International Artist in Residence,
2015 – Shiro Oni Studios, two month Residency in Onishi, Japan, supported by the REFRESH award by Central Saint Martins, London.
2022 -Winter Show, Artists in residence,The Muse Gallery, London
2021 – ‘UK New Artists of the Year’, curated by Garth Gratrix at The Saatchi Gallery, London
2021 – ‘Underlay’ Solo Installation commisioned by SET Sudios, Woolwich
2021 – ‘Pigeon Park’, Manor Place, London
2021 – ‘The Factory Project’, curated by Thorp-Stavri, Woolwich, This is Projekt London
2020-2021 – ‘WYRM’ at ‘Terra Nexus’ , curated by Gabriella Sonabend, Proposition Studios Southbank, London
2020 – ‘A Sculpture of Site an Object of Play’ at Standpoint Gallery, London UK
2019 – ‘Sugar Mountain’ – The Silver Building, curated by Thorp-Stavri, London, UK
2019 – ‘This Way That Way’ – Solo exhibition, The Merz Gallery , Sanquhar, supported by Creative Scoltland
2019 – ‘Happy Hooves’ – commisioned by Merz Gallery, Sanquhar Scotland
2019 – ‘Graduate Show’ at the Royal College of Art, London, UK
2019 – ‘Emerging Artist Award’, Liebermann Villa, British Council Berlin, Germany
2019 – ‘Marketing Suite’, Assembly Point, London, UK
2018 – Merz Barn -Lake District, Litterol Trust, Public Sculpture
Art plugged – UK New Artist of the year
Floorr Magazine Issue 25, interview by Simek Shropshire, July 2020
SOS; Sculptors on Sculpture; online lockdown publication, interview by Josh C Wright, May 2020
Contact me – cat (at) catrionarobertson.co.uk