Pulsing and surging with dark energies, Cathy Ward’s mesmerising drawings capture a restlessly inquiring spirit through the meticulous rendering of organic forms. Their mystery, emotional depth, and enveloping sensuality recall an occluded art-historical canon of weird psychedelia, hermetic alchemical illustrations and outsider horror vacui. Liberty Realm presents a broad survey of works ranging from the acclaimed drawings exhibited recently in “Phantasmata” at The Good Luck Gallery (Los Angeles), “Talespinning” at the Drawing Center (New York), “Romantic detachment” at PS1 MOMA (New York), and “Utopia” at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), to new explorations and insightful glimpses of her earlier output and formative practice. Substantial essays by Edward Gómez, Doug Harvey, and Robert Wallis further untangle these fascinating phantasmal worlds.

Available in 3 editions:
Paperback – £25
Hardback (200 copies) with signed bookplate artwork – £40
Art edition (20 copies) – £500
An art edition of 20 hardback books will be signed and numbered, each with a unique, framed, original drawing.

Please contact the publisher directly to enquire about these:
contactee[at]strangeattractor.co.uk

“Cathy Ward is an incredibly unique artist, unveiling cosmologies and angelic and demonic hierarchies within the confines of London. She is in line with the likes of William Blake, Osman Spare, and Madge Gill, a line of mystical english artists without compare. No matter what medium she works with, her output is nothing short of amazing. Ensorcelling and transcendent are the only way I can come close to describing her body of work.”

Dylan Carlson (Earth)

“they are unique and provocative, shot through with a frisson of fetish and obsessive delight. To encounter these works is to be pulled into the depths of their shadowy-bright, subversive beauty”

Edward M. Gómez (curator, journalist, critic, author)

“Pulsing and surging with dark energies, Cathy Ward’s mesmerising drawings capture a restlessly inquiring spirit through the meticulous rendering of organic forms. Their mystery, emotional depth, and enveloping sensuality recall an occluded art-historical canon of weird psychedelia, hermetic alchemical illustrations and outsider horror vacui.”

Doug Harvey

“Ward’s mythologies are more adult, mischievous, unashamedly transgressive and libertarian.”

Dr Robert Wallis (Professor of Visual Culture at Richmond University)

“a palpable profoundness of knowledge imbued in every stroke or scratch. They are strong, ambitious and always beyond comfort.”

Vivienne Roberts [curator The College of Psychic Studies)

“There was no way out of these worlds: they were one way deep tripping experiences.”

Georganne Deen (artist, writer)

“I was interested to see your pages of fetish objects and succumbed to the dazzle of your abstracted gestural images, some of them resembling Spanish cathedral interiors..”

Roger Cardinal (art historian, author of “Outsider Art”)

“The genius of Cathy Ward is that she has found a mark which in itself has such universal resonance and meaning that she can do pretty well anything she likes with it. It is so simple, yet has enormous range of reference. personal, societal and archetypal.”

Rosemary McLeish (artist, poet)

“I love what you’re doing. Its so obsessive, so sexual, so serene, so disturbing all at once.”

Vaughan Oliver (artist, designer 4AD V23)

“Cathy’s majestic work vividly reminds us how the energy that flows through our intimate smallness also flows through our unfathomable universe.”

Judith McNicol (artist, therapist, publisher)

“Hers is less work about making images and more about making meaning”

Ken Pratt (curator, writer)

“They reek of sexuality, they are feminine, delicate and beautiful. They are also deeply subversive.”

Dr Charlotte Cooper (author, activist)