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Catherine Rive is an artist living and working in London U.K


'Perhaps the country only existed in its maps, in which case the traveller created the territory as he walked through it'

A Walk through H, Peter Greenaway

My paintings are influenced by maps and the process of mapping. The journey with its sense of discovery, the exploration of the physical provoking an interior transformation. I am intrigued by the relationship of the internal and external, the microcosm and the macrocosm, the known and the unknown and the revealed and the concealed.

I refer to found fragments, collected and hand drawn maps, plans and diagrams. 

Within the process of painting I am interested in the physicality of the paint, building layers of marks, colours and gestures. The accidents, surprises the unintended marks deviate from the initial starting point taking me on a journey of discovery never arriving where I intended to begin again.  


Catherine studied at Sunderland Polytechnic graduating in 1989 and gained an MA from Winchester School of Art in 1995