Art portfolio


Drawing on paper

24"x 30"


my story

Austin Cathey

Re-collection Immemorial is an abstract series that is driven by the foundational concept, as well as the research behind it.  It was also the name of my senior solo exhibition upon graduating from UNC Asheville. In these drawings, I use ink and water as a metaphor for time, experience, and memory.  With the evaporation of water and the fading of ink to create non-representational forms, the imagery references the fragile and unreliable nature of human memory.  I also utilize layers, both collaged and with ink, to allude to the ever-growing amount of information that even the average American compiles on a daily basis.  The driving force behind this concept arose from my desire to come to terms with my own fragmented memory, which is mostly just absent. As such the basis of Re-collection Immemorial is rooted in personal development.  In addition to using art as a means of healing, I also used this series as a means of pushing my artistic limits and exploring my role as an artist. 

Prior to attending UNCA, my art education had only exposed me to the idea that fine art had to be photo-realistic.  However, by using time, gravity, and chance, I used these drawings to explore my options as a contemporary artist.  In this way, I was greatly inspired by Jackson Pollock, who allowed his paintings to come to life in an organic and spontaneous way.  Visually this series was also inspired by contemporary abstract artist such as Seana Reilly and Val Britton.   Since Re-collection Immemorial doesn’t contain much representational imagery, the expressive forms convey more questions than answers.  My drawings give the viewer a quiet opportunity to have an inner conversation with the work, inspiring reflection and contemplation.  I am most interested in exploring spirituality and what it means to be a part of the human experience.

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