Cathy Abraham lives and works in Cape Town. Abraham’s creative work brings together seemingly disparate entities through participation and a ritual based practice. She works in film, mixed media, installation, painting and sculpture though her choice of media is primarily informed by her subject matter. In 2018, Abraham’s MFA culminated in a solo exhibition titled, A Deeper Kind of Nothing.
Abraham works systematically with repetitive gestures as a way of thinking through the patterns and traumas that mark our daily existence. Abraham refers to the repeated brushstrokes in her paintings and drawings as ‘ghosts’. A metaphor for the spectre of trauma and its haunting of memory, these ‘ghosts’ are counted and numbered with reference to the Kabbalah. Abraham’s spiritual and formal practice challenges notions of time and space, collapsing past, present and future.