Historically Cat's art and poetry has been about the shared human experience. It is a process of better understanding ones relationship with oneself, with the world at large and ones place in it.
Previously Cat achieved this through curating (and sometimes taking part in), a series of nine ‘Catalyst’ events which took place in London, Sydney and Brisbane between 1991 and 2006. For Cat these events were very much about ‘Planting Seeds of Consciousness’ through the medium of The Arts and raising awareness about environmental and social issues that the Artist felt strongly about at the time.
Now Cat’s art is about making her personal
insights, ideas and revelations about society and the human condition, accessible to the everyday person in everyday situations, in non-art-specific communal spaces such as foyers, bars and meeting rooms, rather than facilitating the growth of other artist’s work through group events.
A previous installation of the Cat’s digital art, entitled ‘Swim’, was screened three times at the Tate Britain’s Late at Tate in November 2008 where the artist was also guest speaker on the subject of poetry film making. The short film was a visual accompaniment to a poem called ‘Swim’ consisting of layers of whispering vocals emulating the ebb and flow of water to ethereal watery images.
Another installation by the artist took place on platform 1 at Baker Street Tube Station on the London Underground between September and October 2009, where an A0 sized poster featuring the Artist’s poem ‘Shine’ illustrated with a full colour artwork of a smiley sun, also designed by the Artist was exhibited for two weeks.
A recent installation by the artist was a recorded spoken word poem entitled CCTC commissioned by Goldsmiths MA Art and Politics graduates for a site specific installation on the EDF London Eye on the subject of CCTV and surveillance, consisting of an alternative audio guide designed to last for one revolution of the wheel. (Link to audio file: http:// soundcloud.com/catcatalyst/cctv)
Cat’s current installation is entitled ‘iVend’ and is about the normalisation of art and the accessibility of ideas, and the fact that it should be a perfectly normal experience to be able to purchase a selection of poems containing concepts about social unity, environmental awareness, spiritual enlightenment and emotional evolution, as normal and as effortless as being able to buy a bar of chocolate, a packet of crisps and a can of coke.
By replacing commercial snacks and beverages with a range of audio visual CDs, DVDs and poetry books, the vending experience may provide intellectual ‘food’ in the form of inspirational ideas for the mind and a visual ‘feast’ for the eyes, where the act of buying the art and poetry becomes part of the piece itself, thus defying the traditional museological experience for here the vending machine becomes a self- contained alternative gallery, independent of the white-cube space.
It is also customary for galleries to only sell through collectors or dealers rather than to the general public, yet iVend is accessible to anyone irrespective of income or status, following a similar ethos to William Morris and The Arts and Crafts movement who believed in ‘Art for everybody’, although The Arts and Crafts movement failed in delivering this pledge due to the time consuming and costly processes involved in hand production.
It was the 1960’s ‘Fluxus’ movement who were the first to recognize the creative potential of vending machines in art. The name Fluxus was taken from a Latin word meaning ‘to flow’ and was an international network of artists, composers and designers noted for blending different artistic media and disciplines in the 1960s, sometimes described as ‘intermedia’.
In 1963 Fluxus artist Robert Watts used a stamp vending machine to vend ‘Fluxpost’ stamps whilst later in 1966, Yoko Ono exhibited a vending machine entitled ‘The Sky Machine’ that sold ‘pieces of sky.’ Ono says: ‘I would like to see the sky machine on every corner instead of the Coke machine. We need more skies than Coke.’
The idea of the vending machine as an alternative art gallery began in the 1970s with Robert Piser’s The Daily Palette which involved a series of newspaper vending machines in the San Francisco Bay Area which were filled with weekly silk-screened art editions that sold for 25 cents, or in Piser’s words: ‘Significant art works at popular prices’. Piser’s vending machine art differed from the Fluxus vending artists for Piser’s machines were all located outdoors on street corners and sold work by a variety of artists whereas Fluxus artists vended work by single artists inside a gallery.
iVend will contain books of poetry, audio CDs of spoken word, DVDs of visual poetry and individually wrapped poems in handmade envelopes made from recycled cotton rag, sealed with sealing wax featuring all original material.
To purchase a collection of poetry, as a book, a spoken word CD or a Visual Poetry DVD please contact the Artist direct via: http://ipoem.co.uk/connect/
2010: The Inspiral Lounge, The Brickhouse, The Poetry Cafe, The Secret Garden Party Festival, I Am Joy Festival, Tolerance International at The Gramophone and The Oxfam Book Shop , House of Honey Harvest Party Festival, Lauderdale House,
2009: The Rifle Makers Gallery, The Curzon Soho, Inspiral Lounge, London Canal Museum, Glitter Best at Bacchus, The Poetry Cafe
2008: Inn on the Green, Antics Valley at The Secret Garden Party, I Am Joy Festival, Art Jam, Calders Bookshop, Tate Britain
2007: SW1 Radio, The Spitz, Rhythm Factory, The Foundry, Ealing Literary Festival, Mother Bar, Art Angel at Liverpool St Station, Bourne and Hollingsworth, Filthy McNasty's Whisky Tavern, The Cuban, The Truman Brewery, Boiler House
2006: The Foundry, Poetry Cafe, Barracuda, Scooter Works, Latitude Festival, Oh!Bar, The Fortress, N16 Fringe Festival, Tabernacle, Dragon Bar, Turnmills
2005: Area 10, Rhythm Factory, 291 Gallery, Island Queen
Exhibitions / Film Screenings:
2012: Cass Arts
2011: The EDF London Eye: Poetry for the Alternative Audio Guide:
2009: London Underground: Poetry and poster Art on Baker Street Tube Platform
2008: Tate Britain: Film Screenings, poetry recital and guest speaker
2006: Catalyst IX: Unity Within The Community, Group exhibition, The Fortress, London
2005: Catalyst VIII: Group exhibition at The Rhythm Factory, London
1992: Taylor Square Festival: Art in Shop Fronts - Oxford St., Sydney, Australia. Cafe Floriades: Group exhibition, Sydney, Australia. Catalyst III: Group exhibition, Pod Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2011: EDF London Eye
Curated Exhibitions/Catalyst Events:
2006: Catalyst IX - The Fortress: London
2005: Catalyst VIII - The Rhythm Factory: London
1998: Catalyst VII - Global Cafe: Soho Sq, London
1998: Catalyst VI - The Hub: Brisbane
1997: Catalyst V - The Kirk: Sydney
1993: Catalyst IV - The Vox: London
1992: Catalyst III - Pod Gallery: Sydney
1991: Catalyst II - The Red Eye: London
1991: Catalyst I - The Vox: London
Awards and Sponsorship:
2012: Cass Alumni Fund
2009: Gleeds.com (Sponsorship for The London Underground)
Other Relevant Expreience:
1995 - 2008: Web, Design, Illustration, Animation and Video Editing, for clients inc: Cartoon Network / The British Library / V2 Music / Cable Wireless / Ask Jeeves / Teletext / MTV Australia / Mail On Sunday / Oxfam / Ken Morse Rostrum, etc.
2003 - Cass Arts, BA Fine Art
1995/96 - ARTEC: NVQ Multi-media
1987/88 - The Camberwell School of Art: Fine Art Foundation
1985/85 - Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design: HND Graphic Design and Illustration