Catya Plate is a Brooklyn-based multi-award winning filmmaker and artist. Born in Barcelona, Spain, and raised in Germany, she attended the Werkkunstschule, Koeln before coming to New York in 1987 through a Fulbright Scholarship that allowed her to pursue post-graduate studies at the School of Visual Arts, New York. In 1996 she received an Artist in the Marketplace award from the Bronx Museum of the Arts and in 2008 her work was selected for permanent inclusion in the Art Base of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Her films have been screened at film festivals in the US and abroad. Most recently, after winning Best Animated Film at Seattle True Independent Film Festival and Best Animated Short at Nevada City Film Festival, she returns to Brooklyn to screen her most recent stop-motion animated short film, "Hanging By A Thread" at the Brooklyn Film Festival!
Like her previous multi-award winning short “The Reading”, her new film "Hanging By A Thread" features her trademark characters, the Clothespin Freaks. The characters find themselves this time in a post-apocalyptic future where the human race has fallen to pieces.
In 2003, Plate invented the Clothespin Freak characters, two-headed characters made of clear clothespins, sewn pieces and doll's body parts, in a series of drawings as "a serio-comic response to our angst-ridden times."
In Plate's paintings, sculptures, artist's book and installations these Clothespin Freaks continued to evolve. In 2009, inspired by filmmakers like Jan Svankmajer and the Bolex Brothers, Plate pushed her characters even further and brought them to life through animation. Based on Plate's "Clothespin Tarot" artist book from 2007, "The Reading" was born and in 2013, she produced "Hanging By A Thread", the first short in an upcoming trilogy.
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