Bridget Catchpole is a queer identified Canadian artist with a practice in contemporary jewellery and sculpture. Catchpole draws on the diverse practices of material exploration, environmental activism, and personal transformation to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are often playful, meaningful, and delightfully unexpected. She is a recipient of Canada Council for the Arts and British Columbia Art Council grants. Her work has exhibited nationally and internationally, and she is represented by the Craft Council of British Columbia and Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal.
My work is a material exploration of plastics’ worth and waste, a reflection of anthropogenic climate change, and a representation of recovery and transformation. I use waste materials to speak about the layers of trauma that embody the human condition and point to the survival of diversity on earth. My work implicitly relates our personal and cultural biases to a material of no value and the disastrous impacts this neglect has created. I want to show how my hands have shaped a worthless object into a gesture of hope and recovery — an invitation to look at the mundane with new eyes and in an inclusive direction — with a dash of irony and humour in keeping with my nature.