Catherine Gfeller


C. Gfeller was born in 1966 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. She currently lives and works in Paris and Southern France after having lived in New York from 1995 to 1999. After her Master in Fine Arts in 1991 at the Universities of Neuchâtel and Lausanne, she devotes herself to photography. She travels to many different continents (Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, North America) to create large triptychs on landscape (“A Matter of Landscape”). In 1995, she receives a grant for a one-year residency in New York. There, she develops a printing technique which combines paper, monoprint and photography on the theme of urban landscape (“Urban Friezes”). 
In 1999 she is invited for a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and receives the Photography Award from the HSBC Foundation. Paris inspires a new work (“Multi-Compositions”), focused on metaphorical urban subjects using various media: video, sound, the written word and radio productions. Recently, intimate spaces and daily gestures create new multi-layered compositions where urban rhythms still resonate, but in a more subdued tone (“The Insiders”, “Chimeras”, “Domestic Pieces”, “Spells”). 
Catherine Gfeller has exhibited extensively in Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Chile, Canada and the United States. Her work has been added to private and public collections in Switzerland, France, England, Italy, Germany, Japan, Belgium and the United States. She regularly takes part in art fairs, such as ArtBasel, Kunst Zurich, Armory Show, la Fiac, Ljubjana Biennale and Art Bruxelles.
Catherine Gfeller combines still images and moving images to capture her version of urban life, which penetrates public and intimate spaces with its incessant pulsating. Silhouettes pioneer their way through the beating, fragmented reality. The oscillating beat opens up a world of deep thought. The soundtracks are speaking, whispering, breathing, overlapping so as to create a mental state rather than delivering information.