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Catarina Leitao
updated: 05/03/2014
website: www.catarinaleitao.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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 Systema Naturæ, A Fictional Botanical Study
Cucurbitoides cassidea (Aeriaceae)
 Systema Naturæ, A Fictional Botanical Study
Invasive Species - Installation View at Casa das Artes, Vigo, Spain.
Invasive Species - Installation View at Casa das Artes, Vigo, Spain.
Invasive Species –  Video Still
Invasive Species - Box/Book
Invasive Species –  Video Still
Invasive Species –  Video and Box
Invasive Species - Detail _ Drawing installation
Invasive Species –  Detail – Drawing Installation
Uplift (pop-up) edition # 1/5
Thicket #72
Thicket #26
Uplift (pop-up) edition # 1/5
 
Portfolio Keywords:  books, conceptual, landscape, nature, narrative, organic, urban, craft, political, site-specific
 
 
 Systema Naturæ, A Fictional Botanical Study by Catarina Leitao
Systema Naturæ, A Fictional Botanical Study
Watercolor on Paper
2012
Dimensions variable
Cucurbitoides cassidea (Aeriaceae) by Catarina Leitao
Cucurbitoides cassidea (Aeriaceae)
Watercolor on Paper
2012
55 " x  41 "  x 1 " 
 Systema Naturæ, A Fictional Botanical Study by Catarina Leitao
Systema Naturæ, A Fictional Botanical Study
Watercolor on paper and mixed media
2012
Dimensions variable
Invasive Species - Installation View at Casa das Artes, Vigo, Spain. by Catarina Leitao
Invasive Species - Installation View at Casa das Artes, Vigo, Spain.
Watercolor and Sumi ink on paper, cable, wood, lead weights, linen string and metal clips.
2010-2011
Dimensions variable
Invasive Species - Installation View at Casa das Artes, Vigo, Spain. by Catarina Leitao
Invasive Species - Installation View at Casa das Artes, Vigo, Spain.
Watercolor and Sumi ink on paper, cable, wood, lead weights, linen string and metal clips.
2010-2011
Dimensions variable
Invasive Species –  Video Still by Catarina Leitao
Invasive Species – Video Still
video, watercolor and Sumi ink on paper, box.
2011
Dimensions variable
Invasive Species - Box/Book by Catarina Leitao
Invasive Species - Box/Book
Video still - watercolor and Sumi ink on paper.
2011
Dimensions variable
Invasive Species –  Video Still by Catarina Leitao
Invasive Species – Video Still
video, watercolor and Sumi ink on paper, box.
2011
Dimensions variable
Invasive Species –  Video and Box by Catarina Leitao
Invasive Species – Video and Box
video, watercolor and Sumi ink on paper, box.
2011
Dimensions variable
Invasive Species - Detail _ Drawing installation by Catarina Leitao
Invasive Species - Detail _ Drawing installation
Watercolor and Sumi ink on paper, cable, wood, lead weights, linen string and metal clips.
2010
Dimensions variable
Invasive Species –  Detail – Drawing Installation by Catarina Leitao
Invasive Species – Detail – Drawing Installation
Watercolor and Sumi ink on paper, cable, wood, lead weights, linen string and metal clips.
2010
Dimensions variable
Uplift (pop-up) edition # 1/5 by Catarina Leitao
Uplift (pop-up) edition # 1/5
Letterpress-printed from polymer plates and hand-painted with sumi ink
2008
Dimensions variable
Thicket #72 by Catarina Leitao
Thicket #72
Ink on paper
2007
14" x  11" 
Thicket #26 by Catarina Leitao
Thicket #26
Ink on paper
2007
16" x  12" 
Uplift (pop-up) edition # 1/5 by Catarina Leitao
Uplift (pop-up) edition # 1/5
Letterpress-printed from polymer plates and hand-painted with sumi ink
2008
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
In the past few years I have been making work about our relationship to nature, in an increasingly manipulated and constructed environment, conditioned by culture.
City gardens, public parks and potted houseplants are re-creations of the natural world to suit a desire and/or need to reconnect to nature. They are domesticated and controlled to the extent that I call them artificial, no longer natural. Simultaneously, I am interested in the use of mediators such as technology and devices to gain access to wild places, aspiring to a more comfortable, safe, and beautiful experience of the great outdoors.
My interest in these large subjects is combined with a curiosity regarding structures and objects that collapse/ expand, open/close and which can be modified into portable objects. The association of the idea of portability with nomadism and movement inspires further the shape and concept of my work. My sculptures and drawings are foldable, light weight, portable and movable. I have been creating work in the book format, either in large scale or pocket size, incorporating pop-up structures, combining sculpture and drawing in one single object that encloses in itself.

Artist Bio / CV
Catarina Leitão, born in Germany, 1970,  lives and works in New York and Lisbon. Recent solo exhibitions include “Invasive Species” at Carpe Diem Art and Research, Lisbon, Portugal, “Flatland”, at Pedro Cera Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal, Number 35 Gallery in New York. Leitão has exhibited at P.S.1/MoMA, the Aldrich museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Sara Meltzer Gallery, Wavehill, Glyndor Gallery and Grounds, and Andrea Rosen Gallery among others. In Portugal, Leitão had solo museum shows at the Berardo Collection and Gulbenkian Foundation. Awards and residencies include The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 2009, Center for Book Arts, 2007, The Triangle Arts Residency, 2006, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, 2004, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2003, and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2001. Catarina Leitão has an MFA from Hunter College (2000), and a BFA  by the University of Lisbon, Portugal (1993).