Cathryn Monro has worked in a range of materials over her career as a visual artist. Searching for material processes and forms that best articulate the thematic concerns in her work has enabled Cathryn to work across mediums. In recent years her practice has involved greater production of site-specific public work addressing themes of relationship to place and its effect on the formation of identity.
Cathryn's professional practice moves between producing studio work for exhibition and producing commissioned work for private and public patrons. She has collaborated on large scale projects and proposals for private and public sculpture in conjunction with architects and engineers.
Cathryn has produced several large scale private and public commissions including 'Per Capita' a major public work in weathering steel for the Wellington Sculpture Trust on the corner of Tory and Cable Sts in downtown Wellington, 'Rise' a large scale outdoor installation in concrete and bronze for the Connell's Bay Sculpture Park, the High St Toilet Refurbishment Project for the Auckland City Council, 'Beacon' a large private farmland installation, and 'Reference Point' for the community of Chilton Saint James School. Her work is included in a number of notable collections in New Zealand and abroad and on view in a number of high profile public situations.
Born in Whangarei, NZ, Cathryn Monro has been working as a practicing artist since obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1989. While teaching at Elam in the late 90's she completed her Master Of Fine Arts focusing on installation and theory.
Cathryn has continued to exhibit her work regularly in group and solo shows throughout NZ. Recent works are a series of illuminated paint lightboxes (see lanterns).