Born Santiago de Chile (CL), 1979
Damero, exhibition CONTINUUM at Patricia Ready gallery, 2017, video installation, transparent screen and seaweed Lessonia Spicata, continuous projection.
Water cities, photography of intervention at Alto Hospicio, 2017
In order to understand the implications of industrialization in her country, Catalina González decided to dwell in the deserts of Chile, exploring the relation between these rural landscapes and industrial sites. In her multidisciplinary practice she chooses residual materials connected with the local context in order to give them new meaning by showing their fragility through certain actions. For instance, her temporary drawings, made with lightened sulphur, evoke the memories of locals in Alto Hospicio.
The project Infiltration, born upon González’s arrival in the Netherlands, digs into the history of water in Dutch culture and daily life. Similar to her take on the sandy plains of her home country, she considers her studio as her territory and the water as the material. Water is an unpredictable, absorbent, and shapeshifting element – and a tool by which to remember time’s traces. Literally opening up her studio and turning it into a temporary collection spot for rainwater, González has created a new space where a mixture of natural and industrial matter comes to life under her direction.