What is Katharography?

As a sculptor reshapes a block of marble, I alter the original shot through reducing or amplifying elements to create meticulous abstract art works. The result is symmetrical or asymmetrical renderings that reveal a tension between static and dynamic forces.

The artworks are the outcome of experimentation resulting in an intersection of photography, painting, and sculpting. It takes endless hours at the computer to convert the shot into what I envision. The result is a photograph of something that is questionable whether it ever existed -what you see is not what is but what your mind sees…

To describe my technique, I coined the process “Katharography” from the Greek Katharós = to scratch, to clean, to purify, and Graphy = to illustrate. Coincidentally, Katharós also means oak tree which is what Cajiga, my last name, means.