Catherine Parsonage:
Granpalazzo 2016

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28 – 29 May 2016

The work of Catherine Parsonage considers the reduction of the female form. The artist conceives paintings, drawings and sculptures in which the body is condensed into single deft lines. Parsonage’s works are characterized by an economy of signs, through which the artist builds the image as a sort of abstract representation: in this way all the lines and the signs have a certain weight and an all-encompassing presence on the surface of a painting. The series of paintings and drawings presented at GRANPALAZZO were created using the same approach: concrete images tend towards abstraction forms and the sinuosity of the female body oscillates between sensuality and its neutralization. Her painting, which tends more to the gesture and the sign than materiality, manifests an analytical approach to the forms. Catherine Parsonage’s gaze, so subtle and intimate, reveals an almost imperceptible tension between the subject of the representation and the forms necessary for its construction.

Catherin Parsonage (b.Wirral, 1989). Selected exhibitions include: House of Egorn, Berlin (2015); Lychee One Gallery, London (2015); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and ICA, London, UK (2015); World Museum, Liverpool (2014). Catherine Parsonage has completed residencies at Villa Lena, Italy (2015), Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris (2013) and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. (2011). She has been recently awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship at British School at Rome (2016-17).


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