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.
For City Arts Festival she has created a series of QR codes lazered onto Birchwood for the "Amidst the Everyday" art tours of the city. Some will link you to secret images, some to secret histories.
Her 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.
Digging deeper into the glitch of images lifted from television, YouTube, and the like.
Mono No Aware
Mono no aware: a japanese term referring to the beauty of impermanence
These images are glitch "drawings" mined from television/you tube.
All images are caused by weather wreaking havoc on the visual feed, thus causing a temporary pixelated hiccup. I attempt to capture these nansecond mutations by taking up to hundred digital photgraphs when the weak signal occurs. Usually only a handful of the pictures depict the ideal results. It is in the randomness and the accident of the thing that the moment of mono no aware blossoms.
Some are images from television shows; these by being altered glitches are not a copyright infringement. Some from You-Tube, are taken from stills of Voo-Doo, Wiccan and Satanic Ritual videos. The worse the quality of video, the better the glitch and resulting stills.