Catherine Wright

"Art Yoga Cat"

Catherine Wright, "Art Yoga Cat," creates environments in which a character performs ritualistic tasks in order to attain enlightenment. These interdisciplinary choreographic performances fuse structured improvisational and choreographed dance with interactive sculptures and costumes set to film projections and live music. The work she produces is a reflection of her identity, comprised of her upbringing, heritage, and life experiences. Each body of work is a unique experience in response to the respective exhibit, its theme, and the collaborating artists.

She is a proud eccentric.

Her most recent experiential installations have premiered all over New York State inside intimate audience venues including: the NYC Rockefeller Center, the Syracuse Tech Garden, The Syracuse OnCenter, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, TedX Utica, the Beeches Conference Center, Hamilton College, Sculpture Space, the Stanley Theater, the MacARTovin Annex, 4 Elements Art Studio, Hotel Utica, Bank Place, bc Restaurant, and the Dev.

She researches the philosophies of Carl Jung, in particular Anima/Animus and the subconscious/conscious spirit inside the context of the natural world. These explorations yield a dark aesthetic and expression in her work. In contrast, she has discovered a lighter artistic voice through the practice of Yoga and the interconnectivity and compassionate teachings of all beings and life experiences. She continues 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 voice, prose, sculptural props, canvas and animal skin paintings, body painting, costume design, and film projections. Her art is rarely literal, but typically dramatic. She encourages 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.

Wright is delighted to be curating the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire "Movement Tent"  Saturday, April 21st from 11am - 5pm at SUNY PolyTechnic Institute in Utica, NY.

The movement maker tent is free, open to all ages and abilities and features the following schedule: Please join to celebrate making movement in the Mohawk Valley!

11:15-12noon = Midtown Utica Community Center: Multicultural Dance & Performance
12noon-12:30 = Tropical Sol from Hamilton College: Tango and Bachata
12:30-1pm = Utica Dance: Modern Dance and Improvisation
1-2pm = Full Lotus Yoga Studio: Yoga for Everyone
2-2:30 pm = Andrew Sblendorio: Combining the Supercollider Audio Programming Language with Monome hardware
2:30-3pm = Leeky XIV:  Original Hip-Hop Sound Performance
3-4pm = Marty Comstock: Social Dancing in the Mohawk Valley
4-4:30 pm = "The Visitor" Multimedia Performance Art with Catherine Wright, Alexis Aguam, and Andrew Sblendorio
4:30-5pm = Dance Improv Jam: sound by Phigment

Into the Darkness She Beckons Initiation
MacARTovin Annex, Utica, NY

Tough Love: A Hawai'i Bat Cave Cabaret
Scene 6: The Bat Cave
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN