I seek to process, honor, and preserve, through the labor of creation.
CAITO (Caito Stewart) was born in 1985 in Ossining, New York. She has shown her work in Tokyo, Japan; St. Louis, MO; Brooklyn, and the greater New York area.
In early 2008, she moved to Tokyo, where she spent about ten years teaching, painting, studying Japanese, and traveling. On her travels she explored and documented the ruins and ghost towns around rural Japan.
I make sculptures of everyday objects that have personal significance to me: bananas, bricks, sometimes a door knob.
Some objects I cast in transparent resin, bestowing them with an ephemeral quality. Others I hand-build in clay or cast in plaster, and then individually paint them to look real.
Through these processes, I explore the relationship between objects and memory. I memorialize, preserve, and suspend the destruction or decay of these objects. Yet, at the same time, I also exert my control over them, removing their functions and leaving them powerless. I organize them, create boundaries, and contain them in boxes.
These slight alterations I make to the objects contribute to their uncanny nature. They mimic the nature of dreams and memories in the way that they seem so real, but are actually fiction. My own brain makes changes to reality as it tries to process and understand my past.
Born 1985, Ossining, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York
2020 MFA Fine Art/Sculpture, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2007 BFA Fine Art/Painting, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Solo and Two-person Exhibitions
2018 I Come From the Water, Ossining Public Library, Ossining, NY
2018 Controlled Chaos, Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill, NY
2013 Caitlin Stewart and Renee Riddle, Les Rendez-vous de Tokyo, Japan
2020 Realism: Encountering the Real, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2020 Artists in the Time of Coronavirus (virtual exhibition), Artblog, Philadelphia, PA
2020 Assemblage (virtual exhibition), The Olympia Project, Brooklyn, NY
2019 Pratt MFA Candidates Show, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY
2019 Welcome, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018 Pratt MFA Candidates Show, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY
2018 Breaking Down Primaries, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 BFA Thesis Show, Walker Hall, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2007 Senior Painting Show, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Belongs to All She Makes curated directory.
Artwork belongs to private collections in Tokyo, Japan; Toronto, Canada; London, United Kingdom; San Jose, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Brooklyn, Westchester, Long Island, NY; New Jersey; and Glastonbury, CT.