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Cat Kaufman

Artist Statement

Cat Kaufman

Cat Kaufman

My artistic impulse portrays the push and pull between narrative concepts, found objects and restricted abstract surfaces. These are constantly battling for a place in my work. I use everyday artifacts to comment on the ironic nature of the human condition and to elicit an emotional response to the piece.

Inspiration comes from Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Hannah Hoch and Michael DeMeng. Objects are the constant. Their manipulation into assemblage or sculptural impressions creates the narrative which frequently changes form.

The interplay of materials, textures and surfaces convey emotion as well as objects. Metal is strength, yet rust is vulnerable. Wood is both nature and manufacture. Plastic is abhorrence and reminiscence. The surface treatment, placement and relationships between items determine the emotional response I seek.


Raised in Wisconsin and Michigan, I wasn’t interested in becoming an artist because both my grandfather and mother were artists. My educational degrees are in theatre, education and non–profit administration.

In 2005, I moved to California. In 2006 I created my first assemblage piece in honor of the 1906 earthquake that nearly destroyed Santa Rosa. After only having time to create a couple pieces a year while I directed a non–profit organization, in the fall of 2010, I became a full–time artist.

I feel so lucky to be among the few who are able everyday, to do something they love.