- School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History
Catriona is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art History. Prior to Aberdeen, Catriona spent the first decade of her career leading research curation at Leeds Arts University and University Collections at St Andrews.
She was awarded her doctorate in History of Art at the University of Glasgow followed by a post-doc at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh.
Catriona is an experienced art curator, working closely on shows of many contemporary artists (such as Yoko Ono, Ilana Halperin and Mieke Bal), and has written a range of catalogue essays and interpretation texts for commercial galleries and public museums.
Scottish Society for Art History (SSAH)
International Society for the Study of Surrealism (ISSS)
Association for Art History (AAH)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Honorary Fellow in Art History, University of St Andrews
Prizes and Awards
Scottish Society for Art History research support grant (2023)
Terra Foundation for American Art research and development grant (2021)
Catriona is a specialist in modern and contemporary art history, and a leading authority on the work of Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington, with particular interests in revisionary historiography and feminist-surrealist legacies in early twenty-first century art and literary practices.
Catriona is author of A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm (Routledge, 2017), and The Medium of Leonora Carrington (Manchester University Press, 2022). She is interested in how Carrington, Tanning and others have become 'media' for the next generations of artists and writers.
Catriona is currently planning a new project on Scottish women artists. This follows long-term curatorial work on the geo-heritage of Ilana Halperin which resulted in the edited volume Felt Events (MIT, 2022).
Further interests include soft sculpture, green politics, Michelle Williams Gamaker's 'fictional activism,' and the work of Mieke Bal.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Art History.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Art HistoryAccepting PhDs
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Nightgown PartiesStudies in Costume & Performance, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 253–263Contributions to Journals: Articles
Feminist-Surrealism in the Contemporary NovelA History of the Surrealist Novel. Watz, A. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 348-363, 16 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
The Medium of Leonora Carrington: A Feminist Haunting in the Contemporary ArtsManchester University Press, Manchester. 248 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Ilana Halperin: Felt EventsStrange Attractor Press, London. 224 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Kate MccGwire: Boundary CreaturesKate MccGwire. Sanders, M. (ed.). Anomie Publishing, pp. 79-85, 6 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
In Conversation: Curating Fictional ActivismSo Anyway, no. 8Contributions to Journals: Review articles
Open Sesame: Dorothea Tanning’s Critical WritingSurrealist Women's Writing: A Critical Exploration. Watz, A. (ed.). Manchester University Press, pp. 210-224, 15 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Kate MccGwire: MenagerieCorridor 8Contributions to Journals: Review articles
A Feminist Marvellous: Chloe Aridjis and the Female Human AnimalLeonora Carrington: Living Legacies. Cox, A., Shannon, R., Man, M., Hewison, J. (eds.). 1 edition. Vernon Press, pp. 1-18, 18 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Glowing Like Phosphorus: Dorothea Tanning and the Sedona WesternJournal of Surrealism and the Americas, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 84-105Contributions to Journals: Articles