This month the spotlight is on a woman that I just recently met at the wedding of another dear friend and artist. Catherine Wright or "Cat" is an exuberant powerhouse of a woman who lives and works in Upstate New York. Cat and I connected immediately upon our introduction. After learning that she is a performance artist and has traveled around the country with her performances, I felt comfortable sharing that I secretly harbor fantasies about exploring performance art too (a decision that I made promptly after I was introduced to the work of Marina Abramovic). I dub Cat "a CATalyzer" as she carries the gift of getting people to move as was evidenced by the way she encouraged even the shyest table bound at the wedding reception to rise to the dance floor to strut their stuff!
Here's my interview with Cat:
"I believe in the possibility of inspiring others to move their bodies, to breathe, and to be. I also believe in the possibility of supporting folks to tap into their personal courage. The foundation of this process is love, kindness, compassion, and CELEBRATION." ~Catherine Wright
In the past, I have researched the philosophies of Carl Jung, in particular Anima/Animus and the subconscious/conscious spirit inside the context of the natural world. These explorations yielded a dark aesthetic and expression in my work. In contrast, I have discovered a lighter artistic voice through the practice Yoga and the interconnectivity and compassionate teachings of all living things. I continue to explore these dichotomies and their interrelatedness by abstracting them into shape-shifting movement with gesture and intense character analysis. This is done via a ceremony using sculptural props, canvas and animal skin paintings, body painting, costume design, and film projections. My art is rarely literal, but typically dramatic. I encourage a constructivist lens so the work reflects back on the observer their own life experiences and perspectives. This exchange creates a more meaningful, personal, and memorable understanding.
EXPERIENCE is what currently inspires me!!! I’ve been working on what I call “an experiential doctorate degree.” LOL!!! Whether it be travelling to a new place or participating in activities in the home-nest, every day is an opportunity for research and understanding, and hopefully just BEing. My current exploration is COMMUNITY and healing. A yoga mentor once said, “We are all in the process of waking up.” It takes a village to raise a child right? And I believe we are all children. There are numerous specific individuals in my current communities that inspire me, sometimes with love and kindness, and honestly, sometimes with anger and hatred. To list them all would take an entire page and they come from various social, cultural, and generational backgrounds. Some don’t even understand their importance in the process, and others I have had the opportunity to express my gratitude to. I am also inspired by the important work of Brene Brown.
Finally, what wisdom or particular suggestion would you offer to someone who is seeking to be more creative in their own lives?
Thanks so much Cat!
To learn more about Catherine and to see her work check out these links: