Catherine (Cat) Clifford uses drawing, installation, animation and performative video to explore place, time, observation and memory. She is concerned with showing the viewer the subtle daily and seasonal changes to landscape and the related patterns, thoughts and actions that inhabit that place. In underscoring the value of slowing down, Clifford shows the viewer what they often neglect the time to see.
Her work has shown at Portland Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Dallas Contemporary, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle University's Hedreen Gallery and Arthouse at the Jones Center. Clifford is a recipient of a Contemporary Northwest Art Award from Portland Art Museum, an Artist Trust Fellowship and a Betty Bowen Award Finalist Prize from Seattle Art Museum. She received her MFA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX and currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.
Drawing from the National Park’s archive of primary source materials, interviews, ecological and geological research, familial and personal narrative, Clifford has invited artists Ruth Robbins, Lynne McCabe and Gretchen Frances Bennett to present moving image, sound, text based work, and events that explore migration, ecology, and the messiness of becoming American. While not a formal collaboration per say, the artists share gathered materials passing on that which they find important to the others' inquiry — be it a poetic geological term, a family story, or an invite to a butterfly release. Due to the fragility of the site, the majority of work will be accessible on a mobile device available for check-out at the Visitor's Center. The artists create a narrative map through the complexities of our shared landscape.