Legal Tender – Artist Talk with Catherine Hourihan 7/10/20


SUSS is proud to present The first artist talk, and behind the scenes video on the making of “Legal Tender”, a multi media exploration of intimacy, isolation and money in a post-pandemic world.


In this presentation, artist Catherine Hourihan reflects on shifting attitudes towards touch and the nature of intimacy in a world where social distancing has become the norm. In the “love” element of her conceptual photographic project “Legal Tender”, semi abstract photographic stills are generated by taking macro body close ups of both genders and projecting these images onto the body. So developing layered, visceral imagery evoking physical intimacy.

Musician Liz Martin, composer for the video component of the project will be joining Catherine and sharing her musical creation so far.


Catherine Hourihan’s career has travesed dance, theatre, and photography in both Sydney and New York. She worked as a choreographer with her Company Tilt Performance, in NYC where she received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to make a site specific muilti media performance, “The Art of Falling”. She also produced and performed burlesque in NY at the birth of the Neo Burlesque scene in the late 90’s.

Catherine now exhibits her photographic work nationally and internationally, her first solo show, ” Backstage NYC” premiered at Gallery 106, Sydney. Since then group exhibitions include venues such as Australian Centre for Photography, Carriage Works, The Tanks, Cairns, and Brand X. Catherine has exhibited solo shows at the Slipper Room in New York City in 2014 and 2018 and also at disorder Gallery Sydney, 2018. She was a recipient of the NSW artist grant in 2014, and is currently working on “Legal Tender” a conceptual Photographic project funded by the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships fund.