Image: Sky Clad Glitch (2013)
Through social media platforms where data compression introduces glitches, this ghost in the machine reminds us that no matter how well curated we attempt to present ourselves to the world, there will always imperfection.
Glitches occur in DVD, MP3 and JPG formats when data is compressed and data is lost. However, in it's place can be glitch artifacts such as "staircasing", when two different frequency through compression accidentally harmonize,causing a rainbow stripe pattern to pop up.
Using images lifted from YouTube, Skype, DVDs and TV, and inspired by ritual magic and works of literature such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Atrocity Exhibition, The flip side of the curated self, the feral, frenzied and hypnotized is not unlike the glitches in data. ~Cait Willis
Cait Willis has been making art in Seattle since the early 1990's when she helped start Trapeze life drawing studio on Capitol Hill. Her paintings, although always figuratively based, have always been tasked with delving into different communities, and how we relate to our circumstance in life. These have ranged from dealing with tourism in a new global world, the ladies of the roller derby, the near extinct families of the amusement park, and the families of American Cults to taking on the random hiccups of glitchy weak signals off of television and You Tube and creating something iconic out of the accidental.
Cait's paintings have shown nationally and internationally at such galleries as Pop Santa Fe, 63 Bluxome Street Gallery in San Francisco, Ghost Gallery, SOIL in Seattle, and The George in Prague, Czech Republic. She graduated from Cornish College in 1999. She divides her time between Seattle and Prague.
Special thanks to cinematographer and producer, Aaron Bourget, for his assistance.
About CoCA UN[contained]
CoCA UN[contained] is our interim space located in the Container Village at the heart of the growing Equinox Creative Industrial Complex and Studios. UN[contained] will feature a variety of multi-disciplinary artists over the coming months with special events to coincide with Georgetown Art Attack, the neighborhood’s popular monthly art walk.
About CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program
CoCA Lab provides individual artists or artist teams the opportunity to transform our space into a living art laboratory. Artists are invited by CoCA curators and have included international artist Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), sound artist Nat Evans, installation artist Michelle de la Vega, composerJovino Santos Neta, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, visual artist Alan Fulle, and installation artist Celeste Cooningsince the program's inception in April 2014.
CoCA Lab is supported, in part, by an award from , Seattle Foundation, individual donors and CoCA members.