Biography from wrinkles of the palm   1994  Bronze and marble  13 x 7 x 14”

Biography from wrinkles of the palm

1994

Bronze and marble

13 x 7 x 14”

  Turning of the season   2011  Bronze and wood  30 x 11 x 14”

Turning of the season

2011

Bronze and wood

30 x 11 x 14”

  Moving forward with less and more    (counter measures)   2018  Bronze and stoneware  28 x 7 x 7”

Moving forward with less and more

(counter measures)

2018

Bronze and stoneware

28 x 7 x 7”

  Potential borne upon an easterly wind   2018  Bronze (suspended with steel cable)  15 x 12 x 10” (height from floor variable)

Potential borne upon an easterly wind

2018

Bronze (suspended with steel cable)

15 x 12 x 10” (height from floor variable)

  Downward gaze of sorrow   1999  Graphite on paper  14 x 18”

Downward gaze of sorrow

1999

Graphite on paper

14 x 18”

  One wing ascension   2018  Graphite and charcoal on paper  24 x 19”

One wing ascension

2018

Graphite and charcoal on paper

24 x 19”

  Guardian at rest   2018  Charcoal on paper  30 x 20”

Guardian at rest

2018

Charcoal on paper

30 x 20”

  Remaining a perpetual possibility   1996  Bronze and stoneware  22.5 x 6 x 6”

Remaining a perpetual possibility

1996

Bronze and stoneware

22.5 x 6 x 6”

  Looking upon an unknown sorrow   2013  Bronze and wood  30.5 x 16 x 16”

Looking upon an unknown sorrow

2013

Bronze and wood

30.5 x 16 x 16”

  Anticipation of endless tomorrows   2018  Bronze and stoneware  20.5 x 7 x 9”

Anticipation of endless tomorrows

2018

Bronze and stoneware

20.5 x 7 x 9”

  Pinnacle with one wing   1998  Ink on paper  24 x 18”

Pinnacle with one wing

1998

Ink on paper

24 x 18”

  Reclining on bedrock   2005-2018  Graphite and charcoal on paper  15 x 21”

Reclining on bedrock

2005-2018

Graphite and charcoal on paper

15 x 21”

  Winged orante   2018  Graphite, charcoal and chalk on paper  30 x 22”

Winged orante

2018

Graphite, charcoal and chalk on paper

30 x 22”

  Kairos drawing   2018  Graphite, charcoal and chalk on paper  30 x 22”

Kairos drawing

2018

Graphite, charcoal and chalk on paper

30 x 22”

Effigies of the fragile

Bronze sculptures and drawings: 1994-2018  

“The indescribable elusiveness of the soul is what Catling is after in his handmade works, whose physical features appear worn and weathered, their details and particulars ground down to the essentials: the most basic stuff of life.”

- Los Angeles Art Critic-David Pagel

This group of sculptures and drawings are informed by many decades in the studio dealing with the tension between strength and vulnerability. The works reflect a way of seeing and are made in a direct association with the artist’s awareness of the physical and the ephemeral nature of life. The figures are designed to be symbolic of an internal journey, revealing both a powerful way of existing and the inevitable reality of suffering.  

The figures have a rough, textured surface, inspired by the natural world of tree branches, rock and earthen formations. The usage and reference of natural materials reinforces a connection to the earth as a source of life and a place of human interaction, as well as the inference of flight which transcends the earth and the limitations of the body. 

It is within these complex relationships that create the setting for a beautiful and dynamic unfolding of life: the space between being earthbound and the freedom to soar. There is a beautiful sense of place where there is peace within the fragility of life.

The work is designed to project an ancient connection to humanity's need of an internal search for meaning. To raise conscious awareness above the surrounding distractions of life and engage deeply with the reality of the natural, the symbolic and the spiritual world.

This group of sculptures and drawings specifically engage in a long inner dialogue the artist has regarding the dilemma of “falling upwards” as life’s true reality. The works explore aspects of ascending and descending, open and closed, natural and shaped, as well as a contemplative silence that comes from “hovering” in place.

The art works are connected to larger concerns of the world and its rhythms, seasons, time and discovering an inner soul scape that is both grounded and ascending, combining transcendence and deep thinking. The figures exist as pieces of this complex visual exploration of movement and the embrace of inner stillness.