When: April 13-30 2016
Kitten Diotima is the featured artist for the month of April at Willow & Rags, on the south side of the Arcata Plaza, and USBank on 953 G St. Diotima takes photos of our reality and transforms them into a vibrant, expressionistic, surreality. She also creates poignant self-portraits exploring her journey thru gender transition. She makes her art using digital photo manipulation techniques because it allows her to change, alter or destroy what we see as “normal” or “real.” She explores the idea that our reality is constructed, that we are created by an environment filled with cultural assumptions about identity. For most of her adult life, Diotima was a physical theatre artist, until she was disabled by a traumatic brain injury, and could no longer create. She eventually turned to visual art, because her parents were art lovers, and she has engaged in a lifelong study and appreciation of art. In her own way, Diotima combines ideas from Expressionism, Surrealism and Dadaism. Part of her process is improvisational. Overlaying several filters on top of each other, not always knowing the outcome, but always examining cultural givens, her life journey and emotions. Diotima takes the world apart and puts it back together differently, sort of like what happened to her. Diotima has made available for sale 10x14 Prints on archival paper printed by Bug Press, photographs from 8x10 to poster size, and Greeting Cards. Learn more about her art at KittenDiotima.deviantArt.com, or twitter.com/KittenDiotima.