Catherine Sullivan, The Chittendens, Exhibition view, Secession 2005, Photo: Matthias Herrmann

Catherine Sullivan

The Chittendens. Discrete Manifestation, with musical score by Sean Griffin

July 7 – September 4, 2005

The investigation of the constraints and paradoxes of theatrical representation is central for Catherine Sullivan’s work. Her film pieces, theater productions und prop-like sculptures are directly and experientially related to acting practice and the schizoid structure arising from the discrepancies between role, person and body. Sullivan is interested in formal techniques employed to code expression as well as in the devices employed to generate and determine the behaviors of the performers. Using the grammar of theater, she successfully reveals culturally inscribed ways of coding gesture and ultimately the defining patterns of the self.


Catherine Sullivan, born in 1968, lives and works in Los Angeles.