Catalogue Essays

Rooks and Other Birds

"Rooks and other Birds" exhibition Introduction
Catherine McWilliams’ new paintings are a direct development from her work of a couple of years or so ago. They have evolved from pictures such as Red Trees 2 of 2003, and Winter Trees, Cave Hill, 2004, in which the architecture of intertwined wintery boughs becomes animated to the point where it begins to dominate our reading of the composition.

Typical of Catherine McWilliams’ oeuvre in general, these new pictures and other pieces are intensely personal and autobiographical in character. Despite their evolutionary nature, they retain a sense of discovery and hence a freshness, that also characterises all she does.

S. B. Kennedy, September 2006