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 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. www.vimeo.com/artyogacat
SUNY PolyTechnic Institute as a part of the Mohawk Valley Mini-Maker Faire
A 30-minute structured improvisation combining Andrew Sblendorio's live electronic recordings of Wright playing the flute, rainstick, thunder maker, plastic tube, and hindi bells with a live projection by Alexis Aguam of abstract imagery sharing geometry and shapeshifting. The movement score consists of spinning, squeezing, birthing, observing, perching, wailing, and cleansing.