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Weird Fishes considers the primordial relationship between water and humans. Through Carter’s imaginings, the exhibition considers Weird Fishes as a metaphor for human beings, referencing our origins in the oceans and life’s beginning in a liquid pool. Carter’s photography investigates our complex relationship to water by playing with perception, perspective, and geography to create new ways of experiencing these spaces. Weird Fishes also explores our individual and collective responses to the threat facing these fluid ecosystems in the Anthropocene. As ‘weird fishes’, we have an opportunity to immerse ourselves in this liquid world upon which we remain utterly dependent.


Cathy Carter is a photographic, sculpture and installation artist. She has lived in Sydney, Singapore, London, and Barcelona and for the past 25 years in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Carter graduated from AUT University with a Master of Art and Design (Hons) in 2013. She exhibited at the Auckland Art Fair, Virtual Fair with Föenander Galleries 2020 and has been a regular finalist in the Wallace Art Awards (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014), the Sydney Head On Portrait Prize (2019, 2018, 2016 and 2015), the Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Prize (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016) and The Parkins Drawing Prize (2020, 2019). The Molly Morpeth 3D award 2020. Carter’s work has regularly been exhibited across New Zealand and Overseas in Sydney, Paris, Sczcecin Poland, Cincinnati Ohio and New York. and is held in a number of distinguished public, private and corporate collections including The Wallace Arts Trust and the Parliamentary Art Collection in New Zealand.
This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2021.

Cathy Carter, Immersion Emergence #3, 2017, archival pigment ink photographic print on Hahnemühle photo rag 306gsm. (Left)

Cathy Carter, Wai # 2 Diptych, 2021, archival pigment ink photographic print on Hahnemühle photo rag 306gsm. (Right)


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