Step of the Cat
Acrylic Paint on Canvas
48 x 72 in.
The initial inspiration for Step of the Cat was a fascination with the human figure. As someone who has studied both dance and art extensively, I believe the human body is in and of itself a work of art. My goal for this piece was to capture a sense of motion and beauty as displayed by the dancer. The dancer portrayed here was filmed performing a simple ballet move known as a Pas De Chat. I then layered still frames of the video over each other to provide a sense of motion within one non-moving picture plane. As the dancer travels through space, she changes color, an aesthetic representation of both her movement and the emotional charge of dance. By paying close attention to anatomy and spacial dynamics, my intention is to create a piece that deals with motion, aesthetics, entertainment, and the human figure as an art form.
Winchell, Julianna, “Step of the Cat,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed October 4, 2015, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/4397.