I have always been fascinated by small towns. The complex histories that hide beneath their seemingly simple ways of life make them interesting microcosms for a larger portrait of our country. The more time I spend in Wassaic, the more I hear about things like the flood of 1951, the cults that convened in the nearby woods, the history of the old grain mill, and the neighborhood boys who threw bikes in the creek. These stories feed my curiosity about the facts and fictions that become our memories. Some combination of this embellished history and my own wandering imagination becomes the basis of my artwork.
Cate Pasquarelli received a BFA from the Cooper Union in May of 2020 and studied at the Slade School of Art in London, UK. She has exhibited her work at the Wassaic Project and SPRING/BREAK Art Fair in New York. Her work is included in the collections of Beth Rudin DeWoody as well as filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and Sara Driver. Selected residencies and awards include the Cooper Union Medici Award for excellence in art and a summer residency at the Wassaic Project.