Artist and Art Teacher, Great Moments in Western Civ Cooperative and Buffalo Seminary
Caitlin Cass makes comics, drawings and counterfeit historical exhibits inspired by failure throughout history. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Hallwalls, The Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Corcoran College of Art and Design (Washington D.C.), Projects Gallery (Philadelphia) and The Niagara Falls History Museum (ON, Canada). She’s held artist residencies at I-Park in East Haddam Connecticut and at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. In addition to exhibitions Caitlin draws and publishes a bimonthly comic periodical under the moniker The Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent. Her comics have also appeared in The Public and The Chicago Reader. Caitlin holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo and a BA in Great Books from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. She lives and works in Buffalo and teaches Art at Buffalo Seminary.
BY CAITLIN CASS
@ VOL 16
ON APR 14, 2016
"I make art about ineffectual dreamers who try really hard to succeed at something but always fail miserably."
In Fabricating History from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist and founder of the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative, Caitlin Cass, focuses on the need for diverse sources in creative research, especially when you invent them yourself. She reflects on the subjectivity of history and explains how she co-opts historical authority to create comics and counterfeit historical exhibits. Walking us through her artistic process from the stage of “tadpole” to “strawberry dart frog,” Cass presents highlights of her recent comic book an counterfeit historical exhibits, such as “Folktales of American History” and “The Museum of Failure.”
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, July 14th, 2016.