Very excited to announce that I am now an artist in residence at the amazing Studio 740 in Helena, Montana!! I will be in Montana for at least a year or two! Come stop by the studio if you're around!
I am currently being represented by BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA; and through them have a presence on Artsy! https://www.artsy.net/artist/sara-catapano
Two Galleries: WhiteWall Contemporary and BoxHeart Gallery will also have a stall at the 2018 Miami Art Basel in the Aqua Art Fair and Context Art Fair where you can see some of my work in person!
The older we get the more reflective we become. After looking over older work compared to newer, trying to remember the state of mind in which a piece was created. The connection between mentality and expulsion of emotions into my works is becoming more and more clear.
My work is done in clay because I feel it is the most malleable, responsive material that directly transcends my thoughts, ideas, and desires. I have always been drawn to clay; making cups out of mud as a child and leaving them to crumble in the garage during a hot Missouri summer is a favorite and frequent memory. I was born and raised in the suburbs of St.Louis, allowing for ample experience with the turbulent seasons- which inevitably drove me south where it was not only hot but really hot. My mother has always been the creative type and encouraged our every exploration in the arts while my father's direct influence is on my love and obsession with nature, decay, ocean life and biology. Privileged is our generation as one of the last before the huge internet and technology boom, for our waking hour as children was spent outside, in the woods or the beach. Our family's beach house on Topsail Island, North Carolina, served as a sweet escape to another world it seemed. Spending summers fishing, playing in the surf and swimming in the tides of the Atlantic certainly influences the aesthetics of my work and daily life. A constant reminder of how lucky a childhood we had to grow up in; land locked winter environment and escape the summers by the southern sea.
Naturally I attended a coastal school for College; UNCW was nearest our beach utopia and the obvious choice. However, lacking a BFA program, I transferred to Charlotte to pursue my degree. UNCC proved to be a contemporary art hub in the folk art surroundings of North Carolina. After studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, I graduated with my BFA in Ceramics and was accepted at the University of Miami for my Masters in Fine Art with a teaching assistantship. Unfortunately, the University of Miami didn't have what I needed to achieve my goals and so, after much debate and sadness, I transferred to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I am now a proud holder of an MFA in Ceramics!
During my thesis show in March I was invited and accepted an artist in residence position at Studio 740 with the magnanimous Beth Cavener! I will be in Helena Montana for the foreseeable future!