Transformation is a new project by Annie Cattrell, combining the disciplines of dance, sculpture and art history with audio, video, motion capture and 3D printing techniques. It revisits a continuing source of inspiration for her: Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s famous Baroque sculpture Apollo and Daphane in the Borghese Gallery in Rome, of 1622-5. Cattrell first saw it while on the Arts Council England Helen Chadwick Fellowship at the British School of Rome in 2000-1 and was profoundly influenced by the young Bernini’s portrayal of material transformation, carved from solid marble. Her subsequent research and some collaborations with scientists during artistic commissions and residencies would deepen her interest in metamorphic and transitory states, and in the relationships between body, matter and consciousness.
Annie Cattrell has always pushed the bounds of science and technology as applied to sculpture from the standpoint of a deep understanding of her discipline. Transformation involves a return to a place of inspiration for her, but also the breaking of exciting new ground.
About the author
Annie Cattrell was born in Glasgow and studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and the University of Ulster, and Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art. Cattrell is Reader in Fine Art and Research Group Leader in Fine Art and Photography at De Montfort University. Since 2014 she has been Lead Artist for the New Museum Site at Cambridge University a ten-year major redevelopment. Recently she completed a large-scale sculpture commission called Resounding for the new award winning John Henry Brookes building designed by Design Engine for Oxford Brookes University.