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Biography: Annie Cattrell

Annie Cattrell
Annie Cattrell

Annie Cattrell is a Scottish-born artist who studied Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art before undertaking study in glass and ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London, where she has taught since 2000. Her artwork has been shown at museums, galleries, and outdoor spaces internationally, including Tokyo, New Zealand, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

During her David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research in March 2018, Cattrell had access to the treasure trove of information held by the Rakow Research Library, along with the permanent collection of the Museum. As a self-described “metaphorical excavator,” Cattrell was excited to view lenses, gravity molds, and other scientific models, texts, and drawings held by the Museum to further her research.

Cattrell’s artwork is often inspired by collaboration with specialists across multiple scientific disciplines, including neuroscience, meteorology, and engineering. Cattrell says, “my approach to making work is informed by the dialogue between the empirical and theoretical.” Fascinated by the relationship between art and science, Cattrell has been rigorously engaged in cutting-edge research and modern technological advances, and in turn how they can manifest in her art. This cross-disciplinary approach has enabled Cattrell to utilize such state-of-the-art technology as inflight topographical laser scanning, and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) brain scanning.