Catherine Sarah Young

Artist and writer

Current affiliations: Scientia PhD scholar at UNSW Sydney Art and Design, Obama Leader for Asia-Pacific

During my Saari home residency, I will work on themes on climate change and our environmental futures, especially in the context of the Arctic.
This is my first home residency—the travel ban and Covid-19 situation is unfortunate—and so I am trying to catalyze my creativity by looking at my current city, Sydney, in a new way. I moved here in September 2019 for a PhD program and am relatively new, and so I can still see it with fresh eyes. I have a very supportive PhD supervisory team and academic and artistic community worldwide and hopefully these constraints and circumstances will inspire new ways of working.
About my working methods: I get inspiration from nature, books I read, and advocacies I support. With my foundation in molecular biology, art, and interaction design as well as a journalism background, I tend to use various mediums for exploration with outcomes that are usually interactive and sensory.


Catherine Sarah Young is a Chinese-Filipina award-winning interdisciplinary artist, designer, and writer who creates works that investigate nature, our role in nature, and the tensions between nature and technology. Trained in molecular biology, contemporary art, and interaction design, she has various artistic bodies of work, investigating climate change and our environmental futures (The Apocalypse Project), science and society (Wild Science), and Future Rx (sustainability). She has an international exhibition, awards, and fellowship profile and works with scientists, industry, and communities, most recently in Berlin, Vienna, Beijing, and the Amazon rainforest. She writes science fiction and has been practicing taekwondo for more than twenty years. She is a Scientia scholar at UNSW Art and Design working on climate change and sustainability and an Obama Foundation Leader for Asia-Pacific. She was most recently an artist at the Space Art Summer School hosted by the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow.