My work explores the interior physic, looking for the poetic moment in the female form the primal image from the subconscious. My figures are carriers – some of burden others joy, exploring the desire for love, belonging counterpointed by loss and fracture. These sculptures were made over a 3-year period a time of turbulence and change – my brother died and my partner became ill conditions that left me vulnerable and questioning.
I called this body of work ‘Diary’ a way of saying this is my track, this is how different emotions wash over me or maybe it’s just how different ideas flow through my mind as I work alone modelling and constructing a sculpture. They are also just sculptures and like all art forms, they follow their own logic and take on an independent life an energy that is without words but still speaks to us.
Dr. Myles Campbell – Art and Architecture of Ireland 1600-2000
(Yale University Press – for RHA.)
“Through her clever manipulation of the expressive potential of a wide range of materials, Carman displays a refreshing capacity for communicating the depth of her inner feels which is matched by few Irish artists of her generation.”
“The vigorously worked surfaces that characterize many of her sculptures betray a forceful creative energy that seems almost impulsive. It is this tendency towards a reflexive and at times frenetic and implacable treatment of the medium which legitimizes the categorization of Carman’s work as expressionist.”
Published in THE IRISH ARTS REVIEW 2010:
“Cathy Carman is an artist who taps into recessed energies: subterranean, psychic, tribal; the collective unconscious in Jungian terms…She has combined the influences of early modernism (Lipchitz, Gaudier-Breszka, Picasso in his cubist phase) with Tribal Art, Indian Temple Sculpture and Romanesque elements. It’s a plumbline from antiquity to the present…her bronzes conjure up Mr Freud with their sensuality, their sexuality and the sense of an erotic undertow. On the other hand the atavistic quality that resides in so much of her work seems pure Jung. Much of her work is highly unusual for a female sculptor, being tribal and totemic.”