Courtship Colour Studies

a photo-based work by Catherine M. Stewart

September 7 through October 15, 2011

Catherine Stewart’s latest photo-based works are an extension of her recent investigations in natural history. Courtship Colour Studies grew out of her interest in the colour differences leading to sexual attraction between male and female songbirds. Using the zoological collection at the University of British Columbia, Stewart selected several pairs of songbird specimens and scanned them to create the foundation for the digital prints in the exhibit.

The resulting works capture the colour of the plumage of both sexes into single abstract images. These lush images celebrate the vibrant tapestry of colour in nature while inviting a deeper contemplation of the richness and fragility of the natural world.

Vancouver based artist Catherine Mary Stewart earned a BSc from the University of Toronto and a MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her early exposure to science and mathematics continues to be an influence that resurfaces in her artistic practice.
Her prints and photographs have won awards and been shown locally, nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions.

DATES: September 7 through October 15, 2011
Join us September 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for appetizers and beverages. Artist in attendance.

TIME: Wednesday through Saturday 1-5pm
in the Firehall Arts Centre Lobby Gallery