“Catherine Bohrman’s compact abstractions in alabaster, bronze and marble possess soft edges that belie the magnitude of their density,” says Allen Hoffman, Legislative Liaison and Senior Program Associate for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.
“I love form. I love color. I love space and creating form that flows and has presence in it. I love size. I love how a sculpture, no matter how small, can have presence in a space and artistically grow as it is enlarged; filing the space, casting more shadows, letting more light pass through its negative spaces. Maturing.” says Catherine.
A resident of Connecticut & Washington, DC for over twenty years Catherine now lives in Sonoma County in Northern California and is active in art markets around the world. She also has a summer studio built in 1908 in Stockbridge, MA (which has been used by 3 generations of artists in her family). She was educated at Stanford University in California majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She initially worked in the foreign manufacturing/design division of Mattel Toys in California until she moved to Greenwich, Connecticut and it was at that time that she was introduced to stone sculpting. In 2000 she switched her medium to bronze using the lost wax process and sand casting methods. Focused on both small and large commissioned pieces, she creates maquettes (plaster models) in her studio and has them enlarged, cast or fabricated and then installed on location.
This past year she started 3-D scanning her plaster maquettes. Now, using the digital data files, bronze pieces of any height can be cast. So at her foundry in California she has started her “Signature Maquette” series. These unique solid bronze pieces have been cast in the Lost Wax process and are all under 12”. Their size and color can be enjoyed by art lovers as they are, but the potential is limitless – being able to be commissioned at almost any custom size for a client and the space the piece will live in.
She has won top awards in many juried shows and her work is in numerous private collections nationwide.
Her work has been in galleries throughout the Northeast and New York City where she has shown in SoHo, at Lincoln Center and at the Long Island City Contemporary Art Gallery. Slides of her sculpture are in the Archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. In 2010 an exhibit in Dubai brought her to the international art scene. Catherine has lectured on stone sculpting at schools and professional organizations, teaching the history and techniques of sculpting. She is an Associate of the National Sculpture Society, in Who’s Who of American Women, and has been a member of the Washington Sculptors Group, the Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. the Uncommon Chiselers (a group of noted women sculptors) and four Connecticut art societies. She is a life-member of both the National League of American Pen Women where she has served on the national and Connecticut local boards, and the Greenwich Art Society where she served as a vice-president on its board for 16 years. Catherine has also volunteered as an information specialist for five years at the Smithsonian Institutions’ Hirshhorn Museum of Contemporary Art, American Art And Portrait Gallery and Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.