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Cat Thom, Dragon

Cat Thom, Dragon (2012), assemblage on scrap wood [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 13-29]

Tales from the Backyard: Cat Thom

Slide Room Gallery
Victoria BC – Apr 13-29, 2013

Cat Thom, Bird Woman Likes to Travel

Cat Thom, Bird Woman Likes to Travel (2013), collage on board [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 13-29]

Cat Thom, Flutter

Cat Thom, Flutter (2013), collage on board [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 13-29]

Cat Thom, Offering

Cat Thom, Offering (2012), assemblage [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 13-29]

Cat Thom writes that, “I have always communicated through objects. On a formal level they act as a kind of ready-made brushstroke, its shape and colour predetermined. On a conceptual level they can express a huge range of associations and emotions, from the dull voyeurism of discarded shopping lists to the curiosity of obsolete machines.”

Found objects, or “junk” as she calls it, are the basis of this collage and installation exhibition. Cat creates “homes” for these lost pieces (rusting bike chains, broken bowls, disused beehives and broken fountains) found abandoned in fields and along roadsides, with papers and glazes, “searching for a balance between the beauty of the object and the stories it can tell.”

Cat is a multi-disciplinary practitioner; she is a professional storyteller, blogger, filmmaker and a visual artist. Graduating with a BA in History in Art from the University of Victoria in 2005, she also studied at the Gulf Island Film and Television School in 2006, and is currently completing the Independent Studio Program at the Vancouver Island School of Art. She is a seeker; one who shares what she finds.

Cat and her musical collaborator, Megan Thom, known together as the storytelling duo Juniper Tree, will perform songs and stories at the opening of this free-spirited celebration of reclamation. Juniper Tree performs a little after 2 p.m. on April 13.

Christine Clark


































Cat Thom, Sea

Cat Thom, Sea (2013), collage on board [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 13-29]


 Thu, Apr 4, 2013