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Dr Cath Keay

Dr Cath KeayArtist
Dr Cath Keay’s practice focuses on sculpture and architecture as two ways of exploring constructed form. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art and completed a practice-based PhD at Newcastle University. Her doctoral thesis examined collaborative and ‘un-authored’ strategies in sculpture and artists’ writing. As Chadwick Fellow at the British School at Rome, she created work based on Italy’s legacy of 1930s Colonia buildings for children. During residencies in Du?sseldorf and Berlin she began exploring utopian Expressionism, leading to her Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Edinburgh College of Art titled Extending the Glass Chain- 100 years on; following the methodology of the 1919 ‘Glass Chain’ (Gläserne Kette) she collaborated with international artists, architects and film makers to create shared visions using digital methods resulting in a publication of that title and exhibitions in Scotland and Australia in 2018.

Research and Teaching Interests

This current project centres on a unique holding in Glasgow’s Art Extraordinary collection: Antonia Jabloner’s ‘Plans for a Another World’ sketchbook, to establish its significance as a visualisation of the imagined spaces of a patient diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid-20th century.

Jabloner’s abstract drawings and embroideries in the Art Extraordinary Collection at Glasgow Museums Research Centre (GMRC) are celebrated, yet this research focuses on her architectural designs where she used technical drawing conventions to depict plans for ‘organic’ buildings. Antonia Jabloner’s highly notated architectural plans offer unique insight into some ideal environments imagined by an individual confined to an unchosen home following mental trauma. Considering the influences and context of its production offers one way to better understand the experience of mental ill health in relation to mainstream society.

Antonia Jabloner’s history, like that of many long-term patients, is unclear, and so I will use a creative approach to link the imagined internal spaces she drew, with ideas about her influences and ‘readings’ of her artwork.

My recent book included discussion on visionary drawings by architect Paul Goesch whose creative life, and experience of schizophrenia drew me to Antonia Jabloner’s work.