Cathy de Monchaux. Photo © Richard Hubert Smith, 2016.

Cathy de Monchaux. Photo © Richard Hubert Smith, 2016.

Cathy de Monchaux lives and works in London. She was shortlisted for the Turner prize in 1998 for her solo show at Whitechapel Gallery. Her works are held in many public collections including Tate, The Arts Council, British Council, Contempary Arts Society, Hirshorn Washington, Albright Knox New York, National Museum for Women in the Arts Washington, Museet for Sandiskunst Oslo, and French National and Regional Collections. Cathy currently works on a large-scale public commission for Newham College, Cambridge.

In 2010, I turned 50. I felt the need to step back from the art world and give myself some time to re-fresh my practice, experiment and think for a while, without the pressures of shows, expectations and deadlines. Six years on, my work has become more complex, intricate, slow and involved in its making. I Iike to think the new work retains the physiological intensity that my work is known for, but that I have introduced new themes for expressing it. Slowly I am starting to feel that from my self inflicted forest fire, a few fresh green shoots are coming up.

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