Caitlin Cartwright

Region: Midwest

Locality is important to me; I rely heavily on what’s around me for content and inspiration. I have spent most of my life living in varied communities in both the US and the global South, which has helped build my visual vocabulary. My collaged materials are sourced from locally made papers, dollar store finds, and teen magazines.
I work in a narrative format, focusing on snapshot moments that depict an intimate take on larger movements. From there, I build a story with the goal of tapping into commonalities that connect us and showing corners of life that aren’t often represented. I tell these stories through the lens of stylization and postcolonial slants on exoticism, which contrasts bold visuals and personalized scenes.