Born in Cologne, Germany, Catrine Val started out her career in Vienna, Austria, working in the field of advertising as a commercial artist. Feeling unfulfilled in this profession, she moved into the arts, beginning her course of studies at the Art Academy in Kassel, Germany. Upon successful completion of her BA, Val attended post-graduate studies at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. She was the assistant of Valie Export for four years. After graduating, she worked as an assistant lecturer in the field of virtual reality at the Art Academy in Kassel. She has worked extensively in and around semantics and etymology and has collaborated with women thinkers in India, South America, Asia and Europe.