Our congratulations to Auckland photographic artist Cathy Carter on selection as a finalist in the Head On international portrait competition, as part of this year’s Head On Photography Festival  (1/5/15- 31/5/15).  Now in its 12th year, the Head On Portrait Prize is one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed and internationally renowned photographic portrait competitions, representing a vibrant and diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices.

As one of 40 finalists (and the sole kiwi finalist), Carter’s work is on show along with the other  finalists, including the three winners, at the Museum of Sydney until 8 June 2015.  http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/exhibitions/head-on-portrait-prize-2015.

Prize winners: Molly Carlisle Harris (winner), Glyn Patrick (2nd place), and Samanth Everton (3rd place).


Idyia #2 from the Oceanid series, Cathy Carter

Idyia #2 

Inspiration for this portrait comes from the Greek Oceanids. These were mythological goddesses responsible for protecting the body of water they inhabited, and the creatures that lived there. With the ecological crisis facing the worlds oceans and waterways, I was interested through the constructed nature of photography to imagine a contemporary representation of these mythical ecologists. The name ‘Idyia’ is derived from the Greek word to see or know. And it relates to the idea that we all see and know to some extent the destructive effects of prevailing consumerist attitudes to the environment and in particular our bodies of water. Idyia gazes back at us challenging us to defy her existence and to take action with her.

Water and more specifically the ocean has been a source of inspiration to Photographer and Installation artist Cathy Carter. There is a kinesthetic curiosity the artist explores as she floats in the ocean or dives down to capture these fluid moments. Through the use of intimate perspective she seeks to embody seeing as an experience rather than solely as observation. In suspending the body in a place of isolation and destabilization the work offers a sensuous psychologically compelling encounter to challenge perceptions and frams of reference.

Carter graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2010, a Postgraduate Diploma in 2011 and a Master of Art and Design (Hons) in 2013.

Finalist Headon 2015 international Portrait Competition.
Finalist 23rd Annual Wallace Art Awards 2014
Nominated for the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards 2013
Nominated for the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards 2012
Awarded the AUT Visual Arts Photography Prize 2010

Carter has exhibited in successful solo and group shows in Auckland, Wellington & Sydney and is represented by Antoinette Godkin Gallery. http://antoinettegodkin.co.nz/

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