Catharine (Ahearn) Czudej, ‘Pump 4’, 2015, Office Baroque

About Catharine (Ahearn) Czudej

Inspired by science fiction, depictions of women throughout time, the body, Surrealism, and uncanny experiences, mixed-media artist Catharine Ahearn makes everyday objects and settings strange. She describes her approach as “taking something very familiar and then displacing it in some way to create a narrative to make it feel unnatural.” In one series of sculptures, for example, she crafted such innocuous items as a bicycle, a lamp, and a sofa out of sculpted pretzels, finishing each piece with a coating of real salt. Not only did the resulting works appear edible and humorously awkward, they also seemed unreliable, too fragile for regular use. Ahearn has also destabilized the lava lamp, constructing her own versions of the kitschy psychedelic icon from old bottles, cans, and chemicals.

South African, b. 1985, Johannesburg, South Africa, based in Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles,
Concrete Island