Cat Lynch

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Winnowing

mixed media installation

9′ x 4′ x 4′

 


 

Bio

Cat Lynch attended Ball State University where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Growing up in small towns in Illinois and Indiana, she has been interested in art since early childhood. She has shown in exhibitions throughout the Midwest and around the country, both in galleries and in non-traditional spaces. Though she once called herself a painter, these days her work is more likely to feature drawing, collecting and hand sewing. Her work often features aspects of performance, interaction and installation.

Cat Lynch currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio as an artist educator at The Columbus Museum of Art. She is also an active member of Creative Arts of Women (CAW) and the ROY G BIV gallery.

 


 

Statement

These small collages were made from a cake pan full of scraps. Each piece saved was deemed either too beautiful, interesting or potentially useful to recycle. Having waited months, and in some cases years, for these to be needed, I’ve decided to make “now” their time to be used.

As a collage artist and collector, I love to find stories and new meaning in paper fragments and bits of string. This need to save and “rescue” things from the trash or recycling bin isn’t harmful on its own. At a certain point, though, have too much of anything- whether it’s designer clothes or a collection of old buttons- and it starts to take over. When I stop being able to see what I have as individual pieces and start only to see in terms of “piles of stuff” or “mounds of crap,” I know it’s time to sort and reevaluate. But while we receive plenty of inspiration in our culture to get and have, we rarely receive the invitation or instruction to let go.

So let’s practice together;
Today, I invite you to take one of these pieces that speaks to you. All I ask is that you release something in return- whether it’s a physical something from your pocket, an unused sandwich punch-card from Subway that’s been in your wallet for months or something more intangible that needs to be described rather than seen.

Take that which you need. Leave that which no longer serves you.