An artist who works both in photography and installation art, Catherine Wagner has taken a life-long interest in the way in which we construct our cultural identities. Focusing on various types of places—including the domestic sphere, art museums, science labs, and even Disney Land—Wagner considers how people create systems and express themselves through material means. Often blending her two primary mediums, Wagner creates public works that use photographic installations to challenge the traditional uses and conceptions fo spaces, encouraging new ways of looking at and understanding the public realm.
Wagner has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named one of Time magazine's "Art Innovators of the Year" in 2001. Her work has been exhibited at institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others.