Cat Delett is a visual artist living and working in Maplewood, NJ. She was born and raised in South Jersey and has made her way all through NJ, earning her BFA from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey) in graphic design and illustration along the way – but don’t call her a “Jersey Girl” or ask if she knows how to pump her own gas.
Cat works in acrylic, cut paper, and mixed media. She has been painting for most of her life and creating with cut paper for the past six years. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and juried shows throughout New Jersey, both in group and solo shows, and is displayed in private residences across the country. As a narrative artist, each piece tells a story, often left ambiguous and up to the interpretation of the observer. She lists among her influences Matisse, Eric Carle, Seydou Keita, Kahlo, and Rothko as well as all the artists creating around her, literature, old photographs, a pervasive ennui, and a quirky sense of humor.
Her collage pieces are created using paper that is first painted, then cut to the specific shapes needed, taking advantage of the brushstrokes, transparency, and textures of the painted paper to achieve the desired outcome. Her paintings are created through deep, complex layering, manipulation and subtraction of paint with palette knife, brush, and hands, and etching with tools.