About

Catherine Siller’s creative practice engages questions of gender, empathy, and authenticity. In her multimedia performances she playfully critiques gender stereotypes and Western beauty ideals. She uses custom software to insert her body into digital space, performing gestures inspired by models, the media, and everyday life as she dances with imagery appropriated from advertising and pop-culture. She also creates stand-alone videos, animations, and collages that disrupt images of ideal, binary-gendered bodies through a process of cutting up, drawing on, and remixing these figures. All of this work stems from her conflicting personal desire both to emulate and to reject the ever receding feminine ideals portrayed in the mainstream media. And it draws on her extensive research into feminist, queer, and performance theory.

Catherine has performed nationally and internationally, most notably at Watermans Centre (London, UK), Webmedia (João Pessoa, Brazil), The Brick Theater (Brooklyn, NY), Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY), Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA), Boston Cyberarts Gallery (Jamaica Plain, MA), The Ammerman Center (New London, CT), and the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts (Providence, RI). She also adapts her work for performance in non-traditional, site-specific locations. In 2018, Downtown Boston’s Business Improvement District commissioned her solo performance “Are You Buying?” for a vacant storefront on Washington St (Boston, MA).

Catherine’s video collaboration with filmmaker Jay Craven, “Ghost Theater,” screened at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY, as the visual accompaniment for composer Robert Paterson’s musical composition of the same title. Her animated short “Boiling Point” was an official selection at the 2018 Boston Short Film Festival. And she has been commissioned three times by Boston Cyberarts Gallery to produce short animations for the Art on the Marquee program at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Catherine has been awarded residencies at the Banff Center (AB, Canada) and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and she is the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in digital media and performance from Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT). She has received grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), the Boston Foundation (Next Steps for Boston dance 2018, LAB 2017 and 2019), the Somerville Arts Council (2015 and 2019 artist fellowships), and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Catherine holds an MFA in Digital + Media from RISD and a BA from Harvard. She has studied theater with the SITI Company, the Atlantic Theater Company, and at Circle in the Square, and she has extensive training in ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. She currently lives and works in Boston, MA.

Contact: catherine.siller[at]gmail.com