History of Art


Catherine Ingrams

eMail: catherine.ingrams.16@ucl.ac.uk

Immanent form and latent creatures: artistic networks in Italy, 1947 – 1962.

My thesis tracks the developments of pictorial form in post-war Italy through five case-studies of artists and groups. I unpick prevailing notions of a dominant Cold War dynamic in the operation between abstraction and realism, tracing instead the reverberations of a more latent content which cuts across binary categories, and which emerges in both phenomenological and psychoanalytical readings. Drawing on recent critical discourse on the relationship between the ‘sovereign and the beast’, this thesis draws out a bio-political register in the artistic activity of international networks which frequently came to gravitate around the coastal town of Albissola and its environs during the period.
I graduated with a BA Joint Hons in English Literature and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, after which I qualified as a lawyer, completing the CPE at City University, as well as a LL.M at UCL. Whilst working as a human rights lawyer, specialising in asylum and human trafficking cases, I completed a Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture at Birkbeck College followed by a MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. My Ph.D is fully funded and supervised by Professor Briony Fer.

Related activities:

2020: Course Tutor, Modern and Contemporary Art in London Course, UCL.
May 2019: ‘Imaginist Spaces in Albissola’ paper, (UCL History of Art PhD Symposium: ‘The Spaces of Material Transformation’).
January 2019: ‘‘A kind of Fissure’: Forma (1947-1949)’, Object, No. 20, 2018, pp. 59-81.
2018-2019: Teaching Assistant to Professor Briony Fer, ‘Image Object: Modernism and After’, (BA Advanced Lecture Course, HART0036).
June 2018: Session Chair, UCL History of Art PhD Symposium.
2018: Teaching Assistant to Dr Rosemary Moore, ‘Early Modern Bodies’ (BA Advanced Lecture Course, HART2010).
2017-2019: Research Assistant to Dr Letizia Panizza, Honorary Research Fellow in Early Modern Italian Gender Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London (research and editorial work for Dr Panizza’s articles).
2015-2016: The Estorick Collection of Italian Modern Art, (exhibition, public gallery talks, and education assistant work).


Hauser & Wirth Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (funding for archival research in New York, May – July 2019).
The UCL History of Art Department Research Studentship, 2017-2020 (full funding for PhD)
Lincolns Inn European Study Award (funding offered to cover fees for a semester course for post-graduate study).