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Cathie Bleck

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Waukegan, Illinois

Lives in
Cleveland, OH

Works in
Chicago, IL


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1978, BFA

Representing galleries
Bonfoey Gallery, Yves LaRoche, Packer Schopf, Wolfs Gallery

conceptual, figurative, surrealism, realism, spiritual, clay board, scratchboard

Cathie Bleck Artist


Artist Statement

“When I was a girl I fell in love with darkness.  The tools I work with-pen, ink, knives and clay-became natural choices for someone drawn to observe and record the world in close detail.  My art explores the space and tension between opposing forces. These forces in our lives can be profoundly good or extraordinarily bad. I don't see darkness as a place of fear, rather choosing to associate it with a sense of risk and excitement, about possibilities that could be good or very bad; a state of mind. 

I see and feel the most important part of being human as those moments when we have the courage to be reborn, rise up and overcome adversity.  What I find myself drawn to in art is depicting these exploring moments of transformation.  Not the condition before or after, but the state when something happens and we are moving through our lives.  That is the point in time when we experience courage, love and transcendence.  This 'movement' of life is a culmination of many pieces which fit together in a complex puzzle that shifts a little here and there, morphing over time.  My intent is to interpretate this outcome by utilizing interconnected forms, intense contrasts of tone and imagery, emphasizing the necessity for all species to maintain an equilibrium in a world of constant change."


Through the exploration of symbolic narrative imagery, carved into earth’s clay, I etch away at the dark exterior of a clay surface,revealing the level of colors within.

I have been experimenting with the life of clay  and it's soul, texture, power, and palette help invent styles. By using kaolin in its liquid form I make my own paint pigments and use various tools such as etching knives, razors, sandpaper and sponges to scrape and wipe away the clay and inks.  Exposing the clay to different temperatures creates unique effects as well as building up dimension as the clay begins to harden, thus the artworks are somewhere between 2D and 3D."



Recent Exhibits

Cathie Bleck participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2015 "Avance"
Firecat Projects
Aug, 2013 Copro Gallery 20th Anniversary
Mar, 2013 Futurology
Sep, 2012 BLAB WORLD 2012 Group Art Exhibition
Mar, 2012 Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine Turns 18!
Jan, 2011 Illustrators 53: Sequential/Series and Uncommissioned Exhibit
Society of Illustrators
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