Catherine Hourihan received a BA in Visual Art from COFA in 1987 and a diploma in Theatre Arts from the National Art School in 1990. For 20 odd years she focused on dance, choreography and multimedia performance. Her work has been shown in New York, Berlin, Sydney and Melbourne.
Since returning to Sydney in 2008 Catherine has been photographing. Her work has been published in Time Out Sydney who ran a story about her solo photographic exhibition, Back Stage NYC at Gallery 106, Woollahra. Catherine has also shown work at Carriage Works, Charles Hewitt gallery, Australian Centre for photography, and she had a joint exhibition with photographer Paola Talbert at Alpha Gallery as part of the Head On festival. Catherine’s photographs have been published in Time Out Sydney, Pin Up America, C!ao and FX Magazines.
Catherine lived in NYC for over 10 years and her Choreographic work has been performed at Judson Church, PS 122, the Joyce Soho, Dance Theater Workshop, HERE Arts Center and many other down town venues. In 2007 she was awarded a swing space grant by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to make a site-specific multi Media dance installation, The Art of Falling. In 1998 the New York Times interviewed Catherine for her work as producer of the Red Vixen, New York’s pioneer neo burlesque show.
From the late eighties to 2007 I spent 20 years making dance and performance work in Sydney and New York. I have focused on combining projected imagery and dance in much of my work including two major works Neverness and The Art Falling. As an artistic director, I have strived to meld the dreamlike other worldly effects of projected visuals with the physical immediacy of dance and theatre. In this aspect of the work I have been concerned with provoking questions about the about the nature of perception and reality.
Since returning to Sydney the focus of my artistic practice has been photography. I presented a solo exhibition of back stage documentary photographs of the New York burlesque scene. As a photographer I was interested in creating a pictorial place between fantasy and reality. I’m currently working on a series of fantastical portraits, placing mythological and fanatical figures in urban environments. With these juxtapositions I aim to provoke questions about perceptions of "reality" and to suggest a layered aspect to existence that resonates with the unconscious and archetypal mind .
PHOTOGRAPHER & ARTIST
PHOTOGRAPHER & ARTIST