Catherine Graffam



2015BFA, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Solo Exhibitions
2014Identity Online, Rats9 Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
2013Lost Boy, Vault Gallery, NHIA, Manchester, NH
Portraits, Fork & Spoon Gallery, Manchester, NH
Group Exhibitions
20153rd Annual Self Portrait Show, Verge Gallery, Manchester, NH
Small Works Exhibition, Shirt Factory Gallery, Glen Falls, NY
2cnd Annual Figure/Portrait Competition, NHIA, Manchester, NH
We're Here: A Queer Exhibition Verge Gallery, Manchester, NH
2014Minis on Main, 30 Main, Peterborough, NH
2cnd Annual Self Portrait Show, Verge Gallery, Manchester, NH
Queer, Linus Gallery, Online Exhibition
1st Annual Figure/Portrait Competition, NHIA, Manchester, NH
12th Annual Minumental Exhibition, NHIA, Manchester, NH
Art PM, Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME
201311th Annual Minumental Exhibition, NHIA, Manchester, NH
Exploring Gender, Eye Student Gallery, Manchester, NH
SOLD: Pop Up Exhibition, Manchester, NH
Reflections: Self Portrait Show, NHIA, Manchester, NH
Annual Student Exhibition, NHIA, Manchester, NH
Magnitude 7, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2015Explore, Create, Repeat, Format Magazine, online
Vision Problems, Textbook
Supersonic Art, online
Mineral Magazine, online
Empath Lit, online
Ayris Magazine, print
2014Artful Undress, TradioV
Ayris Magazine, print
One to Watch, Saatchi Art Magazine, online
2013The Jealous Curator, online
Magnitude 7, catalog
2012Its Watevr, Issue #1, zine
2015Honorable Mention, NHIA 2cnd Annual Figure/Portrait Competition
20141st Place, 1st Annual Figure/Portrait Competition
CollectionsThomas Adams
Parker Academy, Concord, NH
RepresentationMcGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
Saatchi, online

Artist's Statement


I am a 22 year old recent graduate from The New Hampshire Institute of Art living in Manchester, NH. My work mainly deals with my identity as a transgender woman, and how it affects not only myself but my interpersonal relationships.
Transgender people are often incredibly introspective in many ways that others may not understand. Due to gender dysphoria (when your physical body and gender identity do not align) I have a drastically warped perception of the way I look and constantly obsess over my appearance. My work is a reflection of that distortion, using means of abstraction to cope with the unchangeable aspects of my body that bring me great discomfort, whether that be in painting, photography or printmaking. I not only want to show the physical aspect of transition but bring to the light how queer identities affect all facets of life. Often the only part of trans people’s lives discussed in mainstream media is surgeries, scandal and death. In my journey the introspective emotional discoveries have been just as life altering as the physical changes I have undergone.
Being transgender has been an undertaking of reconciling with my body, learning from the past, looking towards the future, and being unapologetic about who I am. It has tarnished relationships, but also brought me closer to the ones who care for me. Art has let me cathartically process this voyage into womanhood.



Blog Posts



artNEWS: Inertia – A Group Show, July 2017



artNEWS: Twenty Years of a Singular Vision, February 2017



artNEWS: Hello, My Name is… Addicted to Art, June 2016



artNEWS:  Trans Pose, February 2016