NomineeBridget Anne Catchpole
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Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0
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Nominee Resume or CVcatchpole_cv_2024.pdf
Additional Information 1Catchpole_BCAchievement_pressrelease.pdf
Additional Information 2Catchpole_SMCKMagazine.pdf
Additional Information 3Catchpole_SoloExhibition_Guyomarch.pdf
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Describe how the nominee fulfills the criteria for the IMPACT Award. Maximum 5000 characters.

Bridget Catchpole is recognized in the North American contemporary art jewellery community for her originality, applicability, and versatility as a plastic pollution eco-artist with a focus on marine environments. Catchpole's recent and noteworthy contributions to the field of jewellery and metalwork include: regional acknowledgement in her province (British Columbia Creative Achievement Foundation 2023 Applied Art and Design Award); national funding from the Canada Council for the Arts for a project grant (2021), a solo show at Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h in Montreal, QC (2022), an artist residency in Athens, Greece (2023); and acceptance of a neckpiece, Nana's Pearls, into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts contemporary jewellery and objects collection (2022).

Catchpole intersects consumerism, self-identity, and sustainability in her skillful use of play and parody that result in thought-provoking and remarkable work. For example, she satires the preciousness of gems by using traditional jewellery techniques to set single-use plastics and marine debris as the subject in her jewellery forms. Also, she reflects on issues of self-worth by reworking materials deemed as having no value and elevating their status in tragicomic representations. Additionally, she uses humour to emphasize the problem of plastic pollution by creating even larger works dubbed "wall jewellery". Combine these attributes together, Catchpole's artistic practice is consistent with SNAG's values of dedication in the advancement of jewellery by sustaining technical integrity in her wearable art, innovation that defy boundaries of material significance and worth, and inclusivity through ethical considerations of biodiversity and climate change.

Catchpole's creative innovations define further meta-use by embracing even the most degraded plastics. For over 20 years, she applies a hands-on approach to the problem of plastic pollution by taking post-consumer plastics and marine debris out of the waste stream and transforming them into objects recognized for their worth as wearable artforms. Since then, she has draped, cut, melted, drilled, riveted, welded, glued, even deep-fried, and most recently, fossilized these synthetics into experimental art forms to wear on the body. In her most recent body of work, her fossilized works are a combination of plastic pollution and post-consumer objects to make a synthetic conglomerate that parodies futuristic Anthropocene Era core samples. The product mimics geode-likeness and the finishing steps are not unlike that of a lapidarist polishing a gem. From this work, Catchpole explores relevant themes of material exploitation, consumerism, and anthropogenic climate change.

Catchpole's work implicitly speaks to the human condition, demonstrating the importance of sustainability and socially responsible practices about plastic pollution. She continues to challenge consumer preconceptions of plastic as an invention for vast consumption and disposal. For example, by collecting, cleaning, sorting, and transforming post-consumer plastics and marine debris into a material of worth, her wearable artforms are a herald call for a re-evaluation of humankind's relationship with waste.

In conclusion, Bridget Catchpole stands out as a pioneer in her craft by integrating waste plastics with skill and ingenuity. Her creative vision serves as a powerful reminder of the pressing issues facing the world today. Her dedication to technical veracity, material innovation, and design aesthetics not only meet the mission and values of SNAG, but also the criteria for the IMPACT award, specifically in areas of sustainability and creative innovation.

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