c a t h e r i n e  c h a m b e r s




The insect icons are part of an ongoing series entitled The Eyes of Jainism, and are an exploration of the Jainist interpretation of ahimsa, a Sanskrit word for harmlessness or nonviolence.

The images of these insects serve as a symbol for all life -- and humanity -- that remain overlooked, discounted or crushed under the feet of ignorance, misunderstanding, carelessness -- or war -- without either the benefit of reflection, nor the grace of remorse.

Traditional icons venerate the highest among us; these small pieces ask us to consider the lowest among us – those upon whom the very web of life depends.




Works in Private Collections


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C a t h e r i n e C h a m b e r s

As with iconography, where the viewer is called to meditate, contemplate and reflect, I use the visual as a spiritual point of departure to both examine and question the constructs of culture and history, and how they inform our all too brief journey in this material world.

Primarily a figurative oil painter, working with clay has become an opportunity to express more abstract ideas and images with a medium that is extremely direct, elemental and capricious.

I have work included in collections in the United States and Belgium, am a self-taught artist, and currently work out of my studio in Southern California.

On the Renunciation of the Material World (detail)

oil on wood, Private Collection