CATHERINE LEO: SALUBRIOUS VISION

Visual Artist whose work and research focuses on the relationship between time-based media and the subconscious understood as a container of all the emotions that the elements provoke in the observer, and how this relationship manifests itself both in the personal experience and the collective-social one.

In addition to the aesthetic and technical aspects of art as creativity, she focuses on the emotional aspect of it - expanding towards the therapeutic role of art and its healing power. Part of her artistic practice is dedicated to immersive and interactive installations, where the public is guided towards the exploration of their inner world through multi-sensory experiences.




HOW DID YOUR PASSION FOR ART WAS BORN ? AND CAN YOU TELL LITTLE ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY IN ART TILL NOW

I have been passionate about art since my childhood, thanks to my father who is an antique dealer and designer. Since I was a child I have been exposed to art objects, works of art and exhibitions and this has allowed me, over the years, to find my own language and way of expression. I graduated in Fine Arts from UAL University of the Arts London, with a foundation in Art Psycotherapy at Goldsmith. In between my studies I did residencies in Taiwan and India, which allowed me to collaborate and work with artists from different cultures and backgrounds. Today, I live and work in Milan.




CONSIDERING YOUR WORK IN VISUAL ARTS HOW DO YOU CONNECT TIME BASED TIME BASED MEDIA AND THE SUBCONSCIOUS ?


Time based media describes artworks that has both physical and temporal dimensions. In my own practice I use medium such as video, sound, light or movements (durational components) which allows me to create immersive and interactive installations, often composed of the combination of all these mediums as a way to access our inner world.




IN WHICH WAY DOES YOUR ART WORK EXPAND TOWARDS THE "THERAPEUTIC ROLE OF ART AND ITS HEELING POWER” ?

The emotional component in my work is very important. I would like to answer this question with a quote from '’ Concerning The spiritual in Art '' by Wassily Kandinsky, which describes that '' art is not the useless creation of things that vanish in the void, but it is a force that has a end, and must serve the development and refinement of the soul. It is a language that speaks of the soul with its own words, of things that are daily bread for the soul, and that only in this way it can receive. If art escapes from this task remains a void, because no other force can replace it’’.




CAN YOU TELL ABOUT YOUR ART INSTALLATIONS AND IN WHICH DIRECTION IS THE ARTISTIC PRACTICE DEDICATED TO ?

In the immersive installation, the main center towards which everything is addressed, to which everything is destined, is the viewer. In some cases, the public is led to interact with the installation or even with the artist himself. In fact, what fascinates me most is being able to actively involve and make people participate. The important message that I would like to reach the viewer is that we are all part of the work itself, capable of to generate new types of relationship between creation, creator and spectator, in a space in constant transformation.





IN WHICH WAY DOES YOUR ART GUIDE THE PEOPLE IN EXPLORING THROUGH THE MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCES ?

An example is a work called ‘’The Power of Silence’’, an interactive project I made in 2017 which transforms the breath into lights and colors, by using advanced technology. The work analyzes your brain waves and makes you look into your silence.






IS THERE ANY FUTURE ART INSTALLATIONS AND CREATIVE WORK YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH US TO EXPAND THE "DARE" HORIZON IN A PROVOKING COLLECTIVE SOCIAL EXPERIENCE ?

I’m currently working with another visual artist, neuroscientist and musician on an immersive installation that explores the relationship between breath and our sense of ‘self’ and the connection between individual, collective, and historical experiences of AIR.


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