Exploring notions of loss and memory, Catherine Day creates a dreamlike landscape of photographs printed on multiple layers of translucent fabric which shift and move, constantly changing the focus and intensity of the image.
In her solo exhibition, “Traces,” Day presents a series of 26 un-staged digital images captured with her current camera of choice, her iPhone. “Catherine Day: Traces” will be on exhibit at the BlackRock Center’s Terrace Gallery from through Saturday, February 27.
Through her practice of photographing daily—whether on a walk with her dog, traveling to the seaside, visiting a county fair, or experiencing a life-altering moment at her father’s deathbed—she photographs what she sees. Day, who is a resident of Northern Virginia, manipulates and edits the images using apps on her iPad, prints onto silk or satin using a large format inkjet printer with archival pigment inks, and then sews the 30-inch square panels together with one-stitch knots to strategically align the images to control density and focus.
In the gallery, her works are enhanced by a floating installation method—the artist has engineered a system using long screws and magnets hidden between the layers of fabric—which promotes the interaction of light and air with the fabric to keep the ever-changing images alive. Exhibiting nationally in both group and solo shows, Day is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including being a 2015 Trawick Prize Finalist in the Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards.
The galleries at BlackRock are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and during select evening and Sunday hours when performances and classes are offered at the nonprofit arts center. Admission to the galleries is always free.
Catherine Day lives and works in McLean, VA where she has easy access to the creative vitality and cross current artistic connections of the Washington, DC area. To learn more about the artist, visit www. catherineday.net.
BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County. For more information visit www.blackrockcenter.org.
Top: Catherine Day, “Wire” (2014),
Next: Catherine Day, “Winter Vines” (2013)
Next: Catherine Day, “Duck & Rocket” (2015), digital pigment prints on assembled layers of silk and satin fabric, 30 x 30 inches.
Photos courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.