South African visual artist Cathy Abraham

Cathy Abraham

South Africa | 2 artworks for sale

  • The Line Of The Ghost II - Painting by Cathy Abraham The Line Of The Ghost II
    Painting / 77 x 107 cm
    R21 000
  • Umber Ghosts - Painting by Cathy Abraham Umber Ghosts
    Painting / 115 x 177 cm
    R50 000
Abraham works systematically with repetitive gestures as a way of thinking through the patterns and traumas that mark our daily existence. The highly developed surfaces of her works consider boundaries between reality, fantasy and illusion.

Abraham refers to the repeated brushstrokes in her paintings and drawings as ‘ghosts’. A metaphor for the spectre of trauma and its haunting of memory, these ‘ghosts’ are counted and numbered with reference to the Kabbalah. Abraham’s spiritual and formal practice challenges notions of time and space, collapsing past, present and future.

Cathy Abraham b. 1968 in Cape Town, South Africa where she currently lives and works. She specialised in process-based art at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town (UCT), where she graduated with an MFA (with Distinction) in 2018. Abraham’s creative work brings together seemingly disparate entities through participation and a ritual based practice. She continues to study under the guidance of artists Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky, participating in regular workshops. She works in film, mixed media, installation, painting and sculpture though her choice of media is primarily informed by her subject matter. In 2018, Abraham’s MFA culminated in a solo exhibition titled, A Deeper Kind of Nothing.

See the artist's work on show in 'Fabrication: A Message Folded, Moulded and Stitched', at StateoftheART Gallery from 24 Sep - 15 Oct 2022.

Solo Exhibitions:
2022 Temporal Becoming at Cubicle series, Everard Read gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2021 The Abyss of Deep Time Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
2021 9 Spaces: The Abyss of Deep Time, The Fourth, Cape Town, South Africa
2019 A Deeper Kind of Nothing and The Monument, Gallery Glen Carlou
2018 A Deeper Kind of Nothing, Michaelis Galleries, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
2013 Undying Entanglement, South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.
2012 Trace, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2011 Essence, The White House, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.
2010 Memory Stains, IBI Art Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2009 Stripped, IBI Art Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2008 Naked, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.