In this artwork, colorful birds made of short brushstrokes stand in thick undergrowth while crowding around a human leg. Here, the artist uses twilight to offer a different perspective on the dynamics between humans and animals. At night, the power structures are flipped, with animals coming out of hiding, and the ways our worlds intersect becoming more complex.
Andrew Catanese’s art searches for new ways to understand ourselves and our relationships with the natural world. In their work, the body becomes an ever-changing site of transformation or a bridge between realms where the artist melds aspects of human, animal, and vegetal forms. Ultimately, by subverting traditional dualism, Catanese’s paintings find ways to discuss new constructions of the self.
Andrew Catanese’s art searches for new ways to understand ourselves and our relationships with the natural world. In their work, the body becomes an ever-changing site of transformation or a bridge between realms where they meld aspects of human, animal and vegetal forms. Catanese blurs the earth’s great living divides, as defined by Bruno Latour (human and animal, nature and culture, organic and technological), to better comprehend how deeply they are intertwined. Their work insists on a fluid and transformative understanding of our bodies as cyborgs constructed from animals, plants and technology. Ultimately, by subverting traditional forms of dualism, Catanese’s paintings find ways to discuss new constructions of the self.
Andrew Catanese was born in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1993 and lives in American South. They earned a BFA in Studio Art at the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, in 2015 and are currently working toward an MFA at Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
Andrew’s work has recently been seen in a solo show at Lemieux Galleries, New Orleans, Louisiana (2022) and at the Macon Arts Alliance in Macon, GA (2019). Recent group exhibitions include shows at Johansson Projects, Oakland, California (2022), Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California (2022), and SOMArts, San Francisco, California (2021).
Catanese has placed public murals for Art on the Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta, Georgia (2022), Modera Reynoldstown, Atlanta, Georgia (2021), and the Midtown Alliance, Atlanta, Georgia (2020), among others. They were an artist in residence at The Creatives Project, Artist-in-Studio Residency, Atlanta, Georgia (2018-2019).