Pier 1 Reflections

Oil paint over collage on wood panel  

12″ x 60″

Signature: front bottom right, and on back

Retail Value: $5,500

Minimum Bid: $1,850




Catherine Mackey has been living and painting in San Francisco for 18 years. Her work explores the pragmatic architecture of manufacture and distribution, which can be found at the edges of a city: factories, dockyards, piers, and warehouses. She has documented many of the piers around San Francisco, and she enjoys not only the buildings, but also the aged wooden structures that hold the buildings over the water. These old piers continue to be important to the modern city’s economy, playing host to many businesses including international cruise lines, the America’s Cup, and the Exploratorium.

In this painting Catherine shifts the viewer’s gaze downwards to focus on the decaying wooden posts with their stains and salt lines acquired from years of being exposed to the tides. The collaged text beneath the paint hints at the faded signage of days gone by and adds life to the watery reflections.

In her previous career as an interior architect, Catherine created highly designed environments. Now, she finds beauty in the non-designed and the accidental, and she encourages viewers to take a fresh look at the streets through which they move every day, hopefully to discover their own unexpected delights.

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