There’s much to be said about the tough exterior we can create for ourselves. We learn how to cope in this world using tools that we know, but what happens when those tools no longer suit us?
Exo-Skeleton is a series of work by Catherine Dvorak that outlines a period of growth, self-discovery and introspection she experienced during her years in Chicago. She addresses depression, grief and body-dysmorphia and masks these themes in bright colors, flowers, and foreboding skulls, symbolizing the false exterior she’s presented throughout her life. Through her visual work, she represents the mental work that’s been done to heal and what there is still to do to present herself fully, without her exo-skeleton.
Catherine is a surrealist artist that works mostly with acrylic paints on canvas. Her subjects and imagery are mostly of the human figure, nature and daydreaming. She pulls inspiration from nature and other surreal artist’s such as Salvador Dahli, Frida Kahlo, and Alexandra Levasseur.
Catherine was born and raised in Lincoln, NE and moved to Chicago, IL in 2013. She is honoring her time and experience in the Windy City with a Chicago Premier Gallery showing at The Martin before moving to the West Coast to continue her career as a visual artist and actor. She has been working as a chalk artist since 2014 and began doing pet portraits and large scale commissions in 2016. Just last May, she received her Certificate in Graphic Design at the School of the Art Institute – Chicago. She plans to launch into her career as a full-time artist in LA and is kicking it off with the showing of Exo-Skeleton.
Join us for the opening night reception on Friday July 30th from 6pm-9pm! Guests can join us in celebration at any time. Beer & wine will be available for purchase for any guests that are 21+.
Gallery hours continue on Saturday between 11am-2pm and also on Sunday from 11am-2pm alongside The Martin Marketplace.
Want to join us before the gallery opens? We’re hosting a private, intimate dinner and artist talk with Catherine on Thursday July 29th at 6pm. Reserve your space here.
The Martin shares a home with the beloved neighborhood restaurant, Split-Rail! Want to dine at the restaurant before or after your visit to the gallery? We highly recommend making a reservation.
RSVP for free for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exo-skeleton-a-final-chicago-exhibition-by-catherine-dvorak-tickets-161345810663