Catherine Long is a visual artist with a background in contemporary dance. She holds a PhD on feminist video art awarded by Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Her work uses video, dance, mark-making, clay and textiles to explore the materiality of the body from a feminist perspective. This interest in corporeality extends to the qualities of materials and how movement and gesture interact with them. She is the co-founder of Practice in Dialogue and has curated and exhibited in In Whose Eyes? at Beaconsfield (2018), We all have a problem with representation at The Showroom (2016) and Feminist Practices in Dialogue at the ICA (2015). Catherine lives and works in London.
Rotator Cuff is a meditation on muscular systems that is grounded in activity: the coppicing of wood, the handwashing, carding and spinning of sheep fleece into woollen yarn, the weaving around and through stabilising structures and the hand moulding of clay feet. Rotator Cuff reflects on the planes and relationships of muscles and their composition of fibres, tissue, veins and nerves, their relationship to tendons and ligaments and the skeletal systems that support their structure. The work will age throughout the course of the exhibition as the wooden skeleton dries out and the clay feet shrink, crack and destabilise leading to the increasing sag of the woven tissues.