My work engages materiality in many forms. It has its roots in childhood and the family fabric business. Spending a multitude of hours around fabrics of all kinds - seeing and feeling colors, textures and patterns presented on an array of fabric types, made an indelible impression which followed me into adulthood and into the art I make. So, it is not surprising that given my years in southern California, light and space, mixed in with materials, urged me to create mostly large scale wall, floor and installation works that reflect the ephemeral transparent lightness of the environment in which I live, highlighting the fragility of life. The work, which references painting, drawing, and sculpture, draws upon a variety of materials, ideas, and inspiration. In my travels to southeast asia, I located an industrial mesh that has dominated my work for several years. . Fascinated by this material, I visited the factory in Shanghai, and brought the materials back to my studio where I could experiment, explore and expand its possiblities. Challenged by the idea of using ordinary, easily accessible commercial materials, I am always researching and using related materials for my work. . Rather than sitting in oceans and waste stockpiles, I have repurposed and transformed these materials into art pieces that will long endure in homes, and on display in other public places. Many of the works draw inspiration from my abstract drawings with ideas stemming from my imagination about space and time. The drawings, created on transparent paper, plastic or mesh, are sometimes embellished with other materials which act as paintbrush to describe a world of movement, in two dimensional space. Concepts of virtual space, space around objects and outer space, all capture my thoughts as I attempt to visually create what we cannot see. Light, space and multiple dimensions form the undercurrent of my thought process as well as the transitory, fragile nature of life. . The work, sharing forms of painting, sculpture and installation leads the viewer to take an intimate look at seemingly ordinary materials that because of what has been done to them, transcends their function.
Artist Bio / CV
Selected Exhibitions2010 American Jewish University, Uncommon Threads, Platt/Borstein Galleries, Los Angeles, CAUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Imagine, Paul Whitney Larson Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Light and Space 2010, Palm Desert, CA2009 Ft. Collins Art Center, Lincoln Galleries, Contemporary Fiber, Ft. Collins, CO Preston Contemporary Art Center, Fall 2009 Exhibition, Mesilla, NM K Space Contemporary, Material Revelations, Two Person Show, Corpus Christie, TX 2008 YorkArts, Art and Industry, Weightless, York, PAYavapai College Art Gallery, Perceiving the Planet, Prescott, AZ Estel Gallery, Common Thread, Nashville, TN Rosewood Gallery, Kettering Arts Center, Kettering, OHMaude Kern Art Center, Weight & Float: Contemporary Sculpture, Eugene, ORGallery 825, Open Show, Los Angeles, CA2007 Coleman Gallery Contemporary Art, Hidden Pictures, Alburquerque, NMCentral Wyoming College, Robert A. Peck Gallery, Intertwining Ideas, Riverton, WYMad Art Gallery, Crossing Paths:Kerry Zimmerman and Cathy Breslaw, St. Solo ExhibitionsMFA, Visual Arts, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
2010 Truckee College, TMCC Main Gallery, Light Moves, Reno, NV
Rose Center for the Arts, Lower Columbian College, Weightless, Longview, WA
Florida Atlantic University, John D. MacArthur Library, Material Resonance, Jupiter, FL
Gallery 825, Light Play, Los Angeles, CA
2009 West Valley Art Museum, Light Moves, Surprise, AZ
Chico Art Center, Chico, Discovery Series: Cathy Breslaw, Chico, CA
Charleston Heights Art Center, Main Gallery, Weightless, Las Vegas, NV
Earleville Art Center Opera House, East Art Gallery, Recent Discoveries, Binghamton,NY
Southern Oregon University, Stevenson Union Gallery, Tapestries of Light, Ashland, OR
Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Bever West Gallery,Topographies, Hamilton, OH
M.S.W. Counseling, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
B.A., The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.