Catherine Morland studied at Chelsea School of Art, Camberwell College of art and the Royal College of Art
She lives and works in London.
Research expeditions to the remote Turkana county in northern Kenya, an area known as the cradle of mankind, became the catalyst for recent work. The fossil badlands of Turkana as well as the pastoralist nomads who currently live there unearthed questions concerning the notion of advancement engrained in Western thinking and of pre-history as a temporary transitional stage whose destiny is ‘progress’.
From this point of departure the sculptural collages establish dialogues between the past, present and future where global artisan traditions merge with the ancient geology of Turkana and England’s Jurassic coast. Handmade papers produced from plant fibres collected from the landscapes of Kenya and the UK, are sculpted into biomorphic forms with fossils, prehistoric rocks, organic specimens, desert driftwood embedded as found objects within the structure.
Early technologies such as cordage knots and basketry techniques are also incorporated into the sculptural work.
Through these material signifiers of time, pre-history is brought into a contemporary context as we head towards techno-humanism.