Cate Woodruff lives in NYC and has a studio in Ridgewood, Queens, NY.

In single-shot digital photographs, using layers of reflective surfaces and homemade lenses Cate Woodruff connects, bends and distorts the boundaries of matter beyond the existence of form, photographing light, color and shapes before objects take on a “common sense” reality and create a conceptual barrier. Cate pushes her camera over the optic edge revealing space, energy and light that are not often noticed or seen with the naked eye.

Her light photographs and paintings in the form of photographic prints have been made and projected in sizes small to very large. They can be presented in a number of ways - on metallic or traditional archival paper, mounted on gallery plexi, or on slabs of brushed aluminum, or with sheer vision to be shown in windows, backlit on the wall, or free-standing, and in lightboxes or lightwalls, or adhered to almost any object in galleries, homes, businesses, public spaces, and projected for theatre or music productions. She also makes installations with photographs or projections in 3-dimensional shapes with interactive sound and music.

In the early 1980’s while Cate was a print model for Henri Bendel, she became assistant to fashion photographer Gosta Peterson in NYC. She went on in the 80’s and 90’s to create award-winning multimedia pieces in avant-garde theatre as a photographer, videographer, writer, director, actress, and theatre administrator, collaborating on numerous independent projects, founding Theatre of the Observed in St. Louis and later, co-founding ART Mondays at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. She was a longtime member of the international touring company Theatre X, a company member and guest artist in regional theatres, in theatre companies in NYC, and a spokesperson on Japanese television. Cate designed furniture and made art and video installations as owner of Woodstock Furniture Gallery and worked as a photojournalist, journalist and editor with online news sites Truthout and Reader Supported News. She was a year round Artist in Residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York from March 2008 to July 2012 creating over 3000 works in photography, drawing, painting, writing, video, art installation and video installation.

Cate Woodruff comes from a family of artists. She is the niece of painter Herbert Tschudy, who developed new directions of focus at the Brooklyn Museum as Curator of Painting and Sculpture 1925-1934, and who was the first curator of contemporary art and exhibition in an American museum, at the Brooklyn Museum 1934-1936. He was founder of the Biennial International Watercolor Exhibition and presided as Curator Emeritus at the Brooklyn Museum until his death in 1946. Cate's photographic work with light is inspired by her study of the nature of mind with the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in Woodstock, NY and by conversations with her father during his training to be an astronaut in NASA’s Apollo Space Program in the late 1960’s. She and her dad looked at the night sky, talked about life on earth and worlds other than what we see. Cate has been exploring M.G.J. Minnaert’s Theories of Light and Color after exchanging ideas about the nature of light with Italian astrophysicist Sperello di Serego Alighieri.

Cate received a BFA in Theater from Webster University in St. Louis, is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts through New York University, and was a founding student of Robert Brustein's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.
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