Cate McGuire is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. She has an extensive background in art and design, including a bachelor of fine arts degree from Concordia and a post-graduate degree in architecture from UBC. In her work, McGuire draws on her varied experience to build spaces and narratives from found images and cultural ephemera. She employs the language of art and design, combined with the imagery of popular culture, to make projects that attempt to bridge issues in art and design, making them resonant and also personal.
Through the uncanny architecture of impossible, though seemingly familiar, spaces and landscapes McGuire creates scenes with the intent of eliciting an emotional connection, evoking a broad range of feelings such as nostalgia (longing), apprehension, and even love.
McGuire combines these off kilter images into larger organizing structures that hint at connections, through proximity and sequence, implying a larger narrative thread that is both in and out of time.
Cate McGuire has shown her work independently, including two recent solo shows at the Red Head Gallery as part of their summer rental program. In addition, McGuire has also exhibited at the Artist Project, with ArtBomb, at Project Gallery, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and the Riverdale Art Walk. She has participated in juried group exhibitions at Elora Centre for the Arts, the Gladstone Hotel, Propeller and the Latcham Gallery. She has received awards and honours at the Latcham Gallery, the Riverdale Art Walk and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Her work is held in both private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States and abroad.