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Catarina Leitão (Stuttgart, 1970) is an artist working in drawing, sculpture, installation, and artist books. The artist has exhibited her work at P.S.1/MoMA, the Aldrich museum, Connecticut, Socrates Sculpture Park, Wavehill, Glyndor Gallery and Grounds, Andrea Rosen Gallery, the Bronx Museum, Pedro Cera Gallery, Carlos Carvalho Contemporary Art, among others. She had solo museum shows at the Berardo Collection, Sintra, and Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, Portugal. 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, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Fundação Luso-Americana, 1997-1999. Catarina Leitão has an MFA from Hunter College (2000), and a Painting degree by the University of Lisbon, Portugal (1993).

Apontamentos-Naturfatura #80, 2023
watercolor, acrylic and cut on paper, 28 x 39 cm

"Catarina Leitão's works highlight the fact that every landscape is humanized — regardless of the degree of technological intervention it has been subjected to, it is always defined by an external [human] awareness, which grants it the status of landscape"

Apontamentos-Naturfatura #06, 2023
watercolor, acrylic and cut on paper, 110 x 151 cm

Apontamentos-Naturfatura #06, 2023
watercolor, acrylic and cut on paper, 110 x 151 cm (detail)

"Catarina Leitão's works highlight the fact that every landscape is humanized — regardless of the degree of technological intervention it has been subjected to, it is always defined by an external [human] awareness, which grants it the status of landscape. Therefore, in a reality in which every landscape is artificial/ized, only a good balance between natural and human technological) factors will make it possible to overcome (in the context of our aesthetic fruition) the dichotomy between the Kantian abstract categorical beautiful — impossible (or unsustainable in the face of the world’s current deregulation — and all the moralizing and censoring positions that threaten the freedom of creation and thought.

To the observer, Catarina Leitão offers a system of transference between representation (in the strict graphic coding of the mountains and in the sculptural artificialization of the branches) and the real itself. Enjoying a landscape is a total experience that cannot be replaced neither by these works nor by any other painting or artwork. Notwithstanding, it is an experience that, much like these pieces by Catarina Leitão — which were born outside the classical classification of landscape — cannot be subject to moral considerations." João Pinharanda

 

 

Apontamentos-Naturfatura A02, 2023
watercolor, acrylic and cut on paper, 28 x 39 cm
Apontamentos-Naturfatura A01, 2023
watercolor, acrylic and cut on paper, 28 x 39 cm
Orografias #32, 2020
Acrylic ink and gouache on Arches paper, 66 x 103 cm
Orografias #004, 2019
Watercolor, gouache, acrylic ink and cut on paper
66 x 103 cm
Orografias #29, 2018
Watercolor, gouache, cut and acrylic ink on paper
38 x 48 cm
Naturfatura C, 2023
wood, fabric, plastic, acrylic ink and aerosol, 212x35x35 cm

"The artist leaves us at the intersection of various paths: alternately shrouding and unshrouding this reality; seducing us with theme and form, frustrating us with the artificialization of the objects she creates, the artist allows the spectator to walk back the operations that originated her works. Enriched by Leitão’s work, we are encouraged to walk out the gallery and become, like her, active wayfarers in a total landscape — taking in the ephemerality and timelessness of its significance." João Pinharanda

Clypeus lividus (Aeriaceae), 2011
Watercolor on paper, 33 x 33 cm
Dubitatio binata  (Thecaceae), 2011
Watercolor on paper, 33 x 33 cm
Perpendiculum multirameum (Tubulaceae), 2011
Watercolor on paper, 33 x 33 cm
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