She was educated at the California Institute of Arts and the Art Center College of Design. She is a former actor, and studied as a graduate student under Mike Kelley. She currently teaches at the University of Chicago.
Five Economies (big hunt/little hunt) (2002) restages scenes from films including The Miracle Worker, Marat/Sade, Persona and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?. 'Tis Pity She's a Fluxus Whore (2003) combines filmed re-enactments of a 1953 production of John Ford's play and a 1964 Fluxus performance. Her works D-Pattern and The Chittendens were made in collaboration with the composer Sean Griffin.
- Richard Dorment, telegraph.co.uk, Oct 30, 2007.
- Catherine Sullivan's page at Galerie Catherine Bastide
- 2008 Bomb Magazine discussion with Catherine Sullivan & Meg Stuart