- Catherine Yass
Catherine Yass (born
1963) is an English artist.
Catherine Yass was born in 1963 in London and in her early years lived in Hampstead. She later studied at the Slade School of Art, London (1982-1986) and then at Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (1984-1985). She received a Boise travelling scholarship for the period 1986-1987 and then graduated with an MA from Goldsmiths College, London in 1990.
Yass is noted for her very brightly coloured
photographs, a number of which present an image which is a combination of the positive and negative. Many of her works are mounted on light boxes.
Yass's subjects are varied: her early works often depict the people and institutions who commissioned, supported, or curated her work. Later she concentrated on interiors, making a series of photos of Spitalfields Market in London, and another, "Corridor" (1994), of a mental hospital.
Other series included shots of
toilets, steel mills in Walesand "Star", a series of pictures of Indian Bollywoodstars displayed alongside pictures of empty cinemas.
Yass has also worked with
video. "Descent" (2002) is a film made by lowering the camera in a crane over a construction site at London's Canary Wharf. With a moving camera, she also took a series of still photographs (such as "Descent: HQ5: 1/2s, 4.7°, Omm 40mph"), resulting in images of vertical streaks and blurred patches of colour.
In 2000, Yass designed the
Christmas treefor Tate Britain, and in 2002 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize.
* [http://www.alisonjacquesgallery.com/artists/biography/catherine-yass/ Alison Jacques Gallery: Catherine Yass]
* [http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/turnerprize/2002/yass.htm Yass's page at the Tate for her Turner Prize nomination (includes images)]
* [http://www.ruskin-sch.ox.ac.uk/lab/02/offline/tellingStories.html An article by Janna Levin on "Telling Stories"]
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