A new exhibition From Fez to Casablanca by local artist Cat Wilson opens on the 22nd of October. Featuring cyanotype prints and digital collages inspired by the artist’s time living in Morocco, the exhibition is on at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma until November 1st.
Cat Wilson is an Australian artist working in photography and video. From 2014 – 2017 Cat lived in Casablanca with her Moroccan husband Faouzi Saouli. During that time she had the opportunity to study traditional Islamic geometric design. Cat now lives in Narooma on the far south coast of NSW.
Drawn to Morocco by its rich artisanal heritage, Cat was excited to introduce hand made techniques into her work. Stepping into the ancient medina of Fez is like stepping back in time. Here surrounded by examples of traditional Islamic patterns Cat learned how to construct them and began hand-drawing negatives and using these to print cyanotypes, one of the oldest forms of photographic printmaking.
During this time, Cat also discovered that alongside this rich heritage is a country rapidly modernising and Casablanca, the financial capital, spearheads this trend. Using digital photographs of Casablanca’s striking architecture and influenced by her study in geometric design, Cat uses digital collage to explore this tension between the traditional and the modern.
“I love new technologies and the possibilities they open up. But I am also drawn to the methodical, meditative and repetitive process of making things by hand. My time in Morocco, in these two very different cities produced two series of work. Both are studies of pattern and form exploring the tension between the drive towards modernity and nostalgia for the past.”
Cat will run a short workshop inside the gallery where participants learn to construct a traditional pattern from Fez using a ruler and compass. They will go on to use techniques to turn this construction into a finished piece in watercolour or gouache.
From Fez to Casablanca
Where: SoArt Gallery Narooma (next to the Kinema)
Dates: October 22nd – November 1st
Open: Thursday – Sunday 10am – 3pm
Due to COVID 19 restrictions there will not be an opening event
Workshop: Saturday October 24th 10am – 3pm
$60 / places strictly limited
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Above: Cat Wilson, Attarine zelij III (detail), 2020, cyanotype on linen, 80cm x 130cm
Above: Cat Wilson, Rue Mostafa el Maani (detail), 2018, pigment print on cotton rag, 62cm x 62cm