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Catya Plate
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: The two main concepts in Plate's works are the fragmented human body and fantasy: a close-up look at our anatomical structures paired with the need to invent new beings. Conventional domestic items, clothespins in particular, play a key role here. In 2003, as a serio-comic response to our angst-ridden times, she invented the “Clothespin Freak” character. It collided with the tarot, resulting in a series of 78 drawings and an artist's book called the Clothespin Tarot. Ever since, these Clothespin Freaks have appeared and “evolved” in her paintings, sculptures, sewn objects and animated films.
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  • Cloning X (Close-up)
    2008
    mixed media, 30 joined Clothespin Freaks (clear plastic clothespins, dolls' body parts and sewn pieces
    The Clothespin Freaks Cloning sculpture consists of an upper soft, flexible construction and a lower hard, acrylic base. The marked contours of the brain folds are embroidered by hand with red thread

  • Cloning X
    2008
    mixed media, 30 joined Clothespin Freaks (clear plastic clothespins, dolls' body parts and sewn pieces
    The Clothespin Freaks Cloning sculpture consists of an upper soft, flexible construction and a lower hard, acrylic base. The marked contours of the brain folds are embroidered by hand with red thread

  • Cloning Ring (Close-up)
    2008
    mixed media, 18 joined Clothespin Freaks (clear plastic clothespins, dolls' body parts and sewn pieces
    The Clothespin Freaks Cloning sculpture consists of an upper soft, flexible construction and a lower hard, acrylic base. The marked contours of the brain folds are embroidered by hand with red thread

  • Cloning Ring
    2008
    mixed media, 18 joined Clothespin Freaks (clear plastic clothespins, dolls' body parts and sewn pieces
    The Clothespin Freaks Cloning sculpture consists of an upper soft, flexible construction and a lower hard, acrylic base. The marked contours of the brain folds are embroidered by hand with red thread

  • Cloning Y (Close-up)
    2008
    mixed media, 24 joined Clothespin Freaks (clear plastic clothespins, dolls' body parts and sewn pieces
    The Clothespin Freaks Cloning sculpture consists of an upper soft, flexible construction and a lower hard, acrylic base. The marked contours of the brain folds are embroidered by hand with red thread

  • Cloning Y
    2008
    mixed media, 24 joined Clothespin Freaks (clear plastic clothespins, dolls' body parts and sewn pieces
    The Clothespin Freaks Cloning sculpture consists of an upper soft, flexible construction and a lower hard, acrylic base. The marked contours of the brain folds are embroidered by hand with red thread

  • Brain Grabber (Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery)
    2008
    fabric, thread, polyester fiber
    The Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery is an ongoing series of small oval pictures which are made of brocade fabric and fake fur and are stuffed with polyester fiber. Hand-embroidered onto the brocad

  • Foot Licker (Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery)
    2008
    fabric, thread, polyester fiber
    The Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery is an ongoing series of small oval pictures which are made of brocade fabric and fake fur and are stuffed with polyester fiber. Hand-embroidered onto the brocad

  • Head Rider (Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery)
    2008
    fabric, thread, polyester fiber
    The Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery is an ongoing series of small oval pictures which are made of brocade fabric and fake fur and are stuffed with polyester fiber. Hand-embroidered onto the brocad

  • Jaw Jumper (Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery)
    2009
    fabric, thread, polyester fiber
    The Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery is an ongoing series of small oval pictures which are made of brocade fabric and fake fur and are stuffed with polyester fiber. Hand-embroidered onto the brocad

  • Kidney Spotter (Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery)
    2008
    fabric, thread, polyester fiber
    The Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery is an ongoing series of small oval pictures which are made of brocade fabric and fake fur and are stuffed with polyester fiber. Hand-embroidered onto the brocad

  • Peeper Seeker (Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery)
    2008
    fabric, thread, polyester fiber
    The Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery is an ongoing series of small oval pictures which are made of brocade fabric and fake fur and are stuffed with polyester fiber. Hand-embroidered onto the brocad

  • Pelvis catcher (Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery)
    2008
    fabric, thread, polyester fiber
    The Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery is an ongoing series of small oval pictures which are made of brocade fabric and fake fur and are stuffed with polyester fiber. Hand-embroidered onto the brocad

  • Windpipe Whisperer (clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery)
    2008
    fabric, thread, polyester fiber
    The Clothespin Freaks Portrait Gallery is an ongoing series of small oval pictures which are made of brocade fabric and fake fur and are stuffed with polyester fiber. Hand-embroidered onto the brocad

  • Button in the Garden of Earthly Delights X
    2005
    acrylic, blood on wood
    In the paintings, the Clothespin Freaks inhabit verdant gardens of an imaginary future with my dog Button. Together they observe surreal quasi-botanical forms which at closer inspection reveal themsel

  • Button in the Garden of Earthly Delights VIII
    2005
    acrylic, blood on wood
    In the paintings, the Clothespin Freaks inhabit verdant gardens of an imaginary future with my dog Button. Together they observe surreal quasi-botanical forms which at closer inspection reveal themsel

  • Button in the Garden of Earthly Delights IX
    2005
    acrylic, blood on wood
    In the paintings, the Clothespin Freaks inhabit verdant gardens of an imaginary future with my dog Button. Together they observe surreal quasi-botanical forms which at closer inspection reveal themsel

  • Button in the Garden of Earthly Delights XX
    2008
    acrylic, blood on wood
    In the paintings, the Clothespin Freaks inhabit verdant gardens of an imaginary future with my dog Button. Together they observe surreal quasi-botanical forms which at closer inspection reveal themsel

  • Button in the Garden of Earthly Delights VIII
    2005
    acrylic, blood on wood
    In the paintings, the Clothespin Freaks inhabit verdant gardens of an imaginary future with my dog Button. Together they observe surreal quasi-botanical forms which at closer inspection reveal themsel
 








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