My overriding feeling, as a woman in the late twentieth century - the one that dominates - is one of fear. Fear of dark streets, fear of rapists, fear of psychopaths, fear of the male predator. [I am] most conscious of what it means to be a woman when dealing with that fear. Women … are not developed to protect [themselves] against the male predator; no teeth, no claws, no speed, no sting, no camouflage, no strength.
- Cathy de Monchaux, interviewed in Parkett
Cathy de Monchaux's work explores the liminal space between sensuality and horror. Leather, steel and velvet come together in sculptural assemblages that at once allude to Surrealist objets-trouves, H. R. Giger-esque sci-fi imagery and contemporary luxury consumer goods.
Cathy de Monchaux was born in London, where she currently lives and works. She studied at Camberwell School of Art (1980-1983) and Goldsmiths College (1985-1987).
The exhibition was organised in collaboration with Arnolfini, Bristol and was supported by The Arts Council of Great Britain and The Henry Moore Foundation.