Catherine Nelson is an Australian artist who uses digital technology as her paintbrush. She constructs imaginary landscapes using images from the world around her. The end result is a non-existing reality created from many hundreds of photographs.
After completing her art education in painting at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney Catherine quickly moved into the world of film and television. She created visual effects for films such as Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter, 300 and Australia. Her job as a visual effects artist has taken her around the world having lived in Milan, London, Rome, Reykjavik, Bratislava, Brussels and Australia. In 2008 she started her own art studio in Gent and Amsterdam and has since dedicated her time fully to creating her own art.
When I embraced the medium of photography, I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn't expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me. With the eye and training of a painter and with years of experience in film visual effects behind me, I began to take my photos to another level.
In 2010 she launched her series ‘Future Memories’ followed by ‘Nuit Americaine’ (2011), ‘Danube’ (2012) and ‘Other Worlds’ (2013) This work was exhibited in Australia, Europe, America and Asia. Her follow up series ‘Expedition’ (2014) took a more personal, nostalgic turn focusing on her childhood growing up in Sydney and is about memory and the way memory distorts. In her latest exhibition “Submerged” she has taken her camera underwater creating three new bodies of work: Origins (2014) , Unstill Life (2015) and Submerged (2015).‘Origins” was created from images shot in mangroves in South East Asia. ‘Unstill Life’ and ’Submerged’ were created from thousands of close ups in a small lily pond.