Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Arts begins the new year wel­com­ing new mem­ber CATHARINE CARTER, Mixed Media artist. Catharine earned a BFA in Stu­dio Art and went on to estab­lish a suc­cess­ful por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio where she pho­tographed fam­i­lies and events for 35 years. In 2010, Catharine closed the por­trait stu­dio to ful­ly embark on her own jour­ney of artis­tic expres­sion and self-dis­cov­ery. For years she had been exper­i­ment­ing with dou­ble expo­sures in my dark­room and dis­cov­ered that her thoughts and feel­ings were much bet­ter illus­trat­ed by com­bin­ing images than they could be through a sin­gle image.

Read Catharine’s account of her jour­ney into art: 

Sto­ries in the form of fables, myths and fairy tales have always held a fas­ci­na­tion for me and helped me find per­spec­tive on my own deep­est thoughts and emo­tions. The writ­ings of Carl Jung and Joseph Camp­bell, com­bined with my love of sto­ries, inspired me to delve deep­er into my uncon­scious, explore my inter­nal world and trans­late those thoughts into pho­tomon­tage images. Grow­ing up in an artis­tic fam­i­ly, I was intro­duced at a young age to Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Aesop’s Fables, and Greek mythol­o­gy. My father was a per­former and he read the sto­ries with such great expres­sion that he made them come to life for me.

I also recon­nect­ed with Joseph Campbell’s writ­ings and his hero’s jour­ney (through the Bill Moy­er tapes), which led me to Carl Jung. Their thoughts on self-actu­al­iza­tion and the uncon­scious expand­ed my view­point and led me to exam­ine my own inner land­scape through arche­types, mythol­o­gy, fairy tales, and col­lec­tive memories.

Now, with my dig­i­tal dark­room, I con­tin­ue to cre­ate trans­for­ma­tive pho­tomon­tage images and share them with oth­ers in gallery shows, pub­li­ca­tions and online.
My works of Pho­tomon­tage are pub­lished in JOURNEY, a book of pho­to-mon­tage imagery that is inter­spersed with short writ­ing from Joseph Camp­bell and Carl Jung which inspired my works shown in the book. The book is avail­able on my web­site (LINK). It will also be avail­able at Hills­bor­ough Gallery. 
You can view more about Catharine on her web­page on HGA web­site (LINK). The image above will be in her Fea­tured Show BREATHE open­ing March 31st, 2023. Also fea­tured will be Susan Hope & Jude Lobe.