Catherine Chalmers

b. 1957, CA, USA. Lives and works in NY, USA.


Catherine Chalmers, Hanging, 2000, Black and White Photograph
Catherine Chalmers, Hanging, 2000, Black and White Photograph



Catherine Chalmers is an American photographer who considers her work to be at the intersection of art, science and nature, and whose artwork actively engages with the ecosystem around us. Maintaining a distinct focus on the insect kingdom and capturing their experiences in unsettling situations the artists’ work offers an alternative perspective on the notion of anthropocentrism. This can be seen in the anthropomorphised death sequences displayed in Hanging (2000) which is featured in the series, Executions, providing the viewer with an unnerving monochromatic vision of death. The relationship between artist and subject remains potent within these works, with the insects used for much of Chalmers early career being raised and cared for by the artist herself.

Chalmers has been recognised for her work receiving a Jury Award (Best Experimental Short) at SXSW Film Festival in 2008 for her film Safari, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, whilst also having taught her own course at Stanford University in 2018. Her solo shows include: Animal/Insect Collaborations, Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2015, American Cockroach Videos, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 2004 and Food Chain, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C, USA, 2003.