“Breathing in the energy of the land and contemplating its elements provides the spiritual grounding for my work. Over time, images arise and find expression in paint, organic materials, stitch, photography, vocalizing or combinations thereof. Intuition plays a key role in their interrelationship, however the work finds its roots in spirit, place and story”.
Cathy Hunt is a settler-Canadian, multi-disciplinary artist who works out of her home studio in downtown Toronto. She acknowledges that her home and studio are on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenasaunee and the Mississaugas of the New Credit. This territory is covered by the Two Row Wampum Belt and Dish with One Spoon Covenant. It is also covered by the Upper Canada and Williams Treaties.
Cathy Hunt has become increasingly multi-disciplinary utilizing many tools of expression to communicate her vision. Organic forms infuse her work with a rhythmic play of gesture and colour. An offshoot of her background in film, she explores relationships created by juxtaposition and how compositional energy leads the eye. Her work often references the aural in a kind of visual chant as images in series create movement, relationship and story.
Cathy Hunt holds a degree in Motion Pictures Studies from Ryerson University. She had a long career in the Canadian film industry as a sound editor, post production supervisor and business manager and was honoured with a Gemini Award in 1987 for Sound. She attended the Toronto School of Art, and has studied with textile artists Dorothy Caldwell and Gunnel Hag.
Her multi-media piece, U'mista/Returned, is part of the collection at the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, BC, home to the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples. Her painting Collective Interaction, travelled the province of Ontario to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Visual Arts Ontario.
As an Ontario Artist in Education, she created programs for elementary students exploring the relationship between visual art and music.
Cathy Hunt is also an improvisational vocalist with The Element Choir that has performed with Inuk Improv Rock Diva Tanya Tagaq; Storyteller and Director Laakulak Williamson Bathory, Luminato's Apocalypsis by R. Murray Schaeffer and The Guelph Jazz Festival among others.
Cathy Hunt's work is held in various private collections in Rome, Santa Fe, Toronto and Montreal..