Zen & the Arts - Field Notes

Cate White

Having spent her formative years in the back-woods culture of guns, 4x4s and meth in Northern California and the majority of her adult life in various stages of mental and material abjection, Cate White knows what it is to be down and out. So she finds herself at home on societal margins, and much of her work is informed by her life on these margins, both in subject matter and philosophical perspective. White is interested in how unconventional experiences made visible can complicate cultural narratives of gender, race, and class, and counter normalized notions of beauty, power, and morality.
While primarily a painter, White also exhibits her work in multi-media installations that include sculpture, video, and books. She is the winner of the 2014-2015 Tournesol Award from Headlands Center for the Arts and the creator of the ten-volume graphic journal book series, The Book of Life, which is available on Amazon. She has exhibited her work internationally and is currently a grantee at the Roswell-Artist-in-Residence program in New Mexico. Her permanent home is in Oakland, CA.


Pieces by Cate White