I use text in my art, not as a writer or poet but as a collaborator. Collating and then creating out of the myriad of words and quotes collected from the differing groups I have worked alongside.

Catherine Sargeant is a visual artist based in Edinburgh who uses text in her artworks. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art during its Centenary year she became the first recipient of WASPS new graduate award. Along with her art practice Catherine tutors at Leith School of Art and is a professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists.

She finds words have an inherent beauty and is fascinated by the way we are saturated with text and communication in every aspect of our lives. Catherine aims to take this and create works that will simultaneously calm and question the viewer. She often works in series using a variety of scales and surfaces ranging from robust slate to fine handmade papers. Her work is available from various Edinburgh galleries, also directly, commissions are considered.

The text/words used are collected from many sources:

individuals favourite words

poetry of Robert Burns


dictionary definitions

found text/altered books

collaborations with contemporary poets

Please look through the various artwork images to enjoy a greater understanding.

Catherine Sargeant in the studio