Retro 70s pop culture inspired the anarchist creatures of Belfast sculptors-Irish News

2021-11-11 08:54:24 By : Ms. Erica Okystar

A weird, unique and unusually familiar zoo made up of strange beasts and fantasy creatures invaded the Vault studio in Belfast.

These sculptures are the creation of Belfast artist Cathy Hart, who drew inspiration from the popular culture of her childhood and the 1970s.

From the Pink Panther and Dangerous Mouse to Sesame Street, and some references to Shakespeare, Casey combined mild steel and mixed media to create her expressive creatures.

She intuitively completes each step of the process by welding, wrapping newspapers, strapping tape, sewing, or covering the work with plaster, making her work come to life.

For this new work, Cathy exposes the basic frame of the newspaper and the tape on some of her works by stripping off the substance, thereby channeling the original energy.

After serving as a primary school teacher for more than 20 years, Cathy turned her attention to her love of art. She graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Sculpture.

Although Cathy regularly exhibits at the Peckham Studio and Dulwich Open House in London, and displays her fashionable wire chickens, walking butterflies, birds and naughty dogs at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, this is her The first solo exhibition in Belfast.

"The opportunity to exhibit in my hometown is very special, it evokes a lot of nostalgia for the place where I grew up," she said.

"As I entered the sculptures at the Chelsea Flower Show, my works became more whimsical and simple.

"It's great to get so many sales and have collectors, but I am a little tired of repeated productions and want to go back to my art school roots and make more three-dimensional creatures."

Highland Hoppers, Belfast artist Cathy Hart

Cathy also worked as an art technician at Victoria College, and when she returned to the city four years ago, she was happy to get a studio space in the East Belfast Vault.

"Because my art involves welding, you can't really do this in your spare bedroom," she said with a smile.

"Since I came back here, I have been very busy building my collection, and I am very excited that my creatures are starting to play in this amazing, huge space."

The name of the exhibition comes from the musical term "mosso", which means movement or animation, and Cathy brings movement and energy to her sculptures through their poses.

Although she said that she "likes to create smiling creatures", her art also plays a role at a deeper subconscious level.

Under the playfulness of characters such as Highland Hoppers, Shakespearean troubadour, and statue-like baby giraffe, there is a potential transformational challenge, as well as the loss and longing that resonates in childhood echoes.

"I like my work to evoke a smile, but there are also ambiguities, so the sculpture may look strange and familiar, vibrant and bleak, mischievous and awkward," she explained.

"Some people even say that they look a little sinister. That's good-people have their own ideas and beliefs-and I like the tension between playfulness and sinisterness that their personality presents."

:: Mosso will perform at Vault Studios on Tower Street in Belfast until November 14. You can follow Cathy on Facebook's "Cathy Hart Artist" and Instagram's "cathyoncloud9".

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