Catherine Gfeller incorporates people, buildings, bridges, windows, cars and every other ﬁxture of urban life into her photography. She walks through cities with her camera in hand, snapping pictures of architecture and pedestrians in their surroundings. There is a sense of immediacy to the images – a capturing of the photographerʼs own sudden intrigue with certain, perhaps momentary, scenes,leaving little time for careful composition and positioning. Gfellerʼs work truly emerges back in her studio where she chooses a single or numerous images which she duplicates, layers and arranges into linear, geometric compositions arranging, tweaking and adjusting every element. The fractured and repeated images create bold, rhythmic photographs that echo the lively cadences of the city. Single scenes that are repeated a dozen times in the same piece capture a ﬂeeting moment and become ruminations on the passage of time. Many of the photographs are populated with anonymous pedestrians, superimposed one over another, over another, like memories of previous moments layered over the present. In other works, transparent ﬁgures become one with their surrounding architecture. Catherine Gfeller does not just quietly observe and distantly photograph the places she visits. She is immersed in these cities and is moved by their colors, buildings, pace, light and vibrations. Gfellerʼs montages suspend time and space, offering new versions of the realities she records with her camera.
Catherine Gfeller has a PHD in Art History and French Literature, Univertites of Neuchatel and Lausanne, Switzerland, MFA, School of Visual Arts, New Yorks and a Master in Aesthetics and Psychoanalysis, University of Montpellier, France. She exhibited in many countries and her works are found in public collections in the United States, France, Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and more. She participated in many art fairs: Art Basel, Art Unlimited, Kunst Zurich, Armory Show, Fiac, the Biennial of Ljubljana and Art Brussels.