Cath Whippey // Profile
ARTIST'S STATEMENT My aim is to create magical and fascinating moments. In recent work I have explored metamorphosis, transformation and change and have included making masks, worn items, sculpture and animation and video pieces. I am particularly interested in the juxtaposition of an animal head on a human body, and my reference points and inspirations include folk stories and myths, particularly in the characters that feature and their roles in the stories. Often media are combined in a piece of work. My work is experienced as temporary projects in public spaces, including performance, projection and installation, in gallery exhibition and at artists’ film and video events. - - - RED RIDING HOOD TRAIL, LUNSDEN 2006. - In 2005 I began a residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire on a Partners Artist-in-Residence Project. The outcome of the residency was The Red Riding Hood Trail an installation/event taking place in a Pine woods on the edge of the village. It was a magical, enticing experience where the individual became a participant in the piece. This piece involved and grew from my residency being based at the local Lumsden Primary School. The 'Trail' involved some children in wolf mask stalking the Trail visitors in the woods, installation of a miniature paper mache village, red hoods for the visitors to wear, projection of video of Grannies werewolf morphing into wolves and a Grandma's house incorporating a mini tv showing showing a wolf puppet reciting words from the Red Riding Hood story. The whole School, puipils, teachers, classroom assistants and parents were involved in the project, it being developed over a six month period. - - - HALLOWEEN IN HUNTLY 2006 'Day of the Dead Sweetie Skeleton' and Collaboration with Artist extroidinaire Chris Dooks. - In 2006 I heard of a call for artists to propose live works for the Halloween in Huntly Festival, to take place October 28 2006 in Huntly, Aberdeenshire from Deveron Arts. I came up with 'Day of the Dead - Sweetie Skeleton' - a giant wearable puppet 8 foot tall, bringing it with me packed down into a big box on a trolley all the way from North Yorkshire to Huntly on the train. - - - (for more details of this please go to my Journal page)
Artist's CVSELECTED EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS : 2007 ‘SIDESHOW’ Participatory Mask Wearing Experience at ‘And the He Likes the Me’, Transmission Galley Annual Members Show preview night. - 2006 ‘DAY OF THE DEAD SWEETIE SKELETON’, performance, Halloween in Huntly Festival, Aberdeenshire, - 2006 TRANSMISSION GALLERY MEMBERS SHOW -' SOLO SHOW', Glasgow. - 2006 ‘SPARK' animation screening Diamond Season, Little Jewell Cinema – Waygood Gallery, Newcastle - 2006 ‘SPARK' screening in ‘ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY’ programme, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle and in the ‘MOBILE CINEMA’ – a converted sprite caravan. - 2005/06 ‘RED RIDING HOOD TRAIL’ installation/event Scottish Sculpture Workshop Partners Artist in Residence, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire. - 2005 ‘PROJECTION IN THE DOCK OF THE BAY’ Outdoor projection event, video and animation pieces by Cath Whippey and Nicola Naismith, Robin Hood’s Bay, Create ‘Festival of Light’. - 2005 ‘SHED’ Group show, 'News from Nowhere : Visions of Utopia’, Lloyd Park, Walthmanstow, and in 2006 at UCE, Birmingham and UCCA Farnham, www.shedshow2.com/ - 2004 ‘DAZZLE AND ATTRACT’ Outdoor video projection project, Arts UK for Sedgefield Borough Council. - 2004 ‘I GET ALONG VERY WELL WITHOUT YOU (EXCEPT SOMETIMES)’ Video and film, Saltburn Artists’ Projects. - EDUCATION - M.A. Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, 1990. - B.A. Fine Art (sculpture). 2:1. Wimbledon School of Art, 1988.