THE GYPSY SERIES
Cathe Physioc is an artist who is most interested in telling a story in her work.
The Graffiti Series / 2015 and the Gypsy Series / 2016 are both inspired by the Tao. In Chinese philosophy (Tao Te Ching, 2nd century B.C.), yin and yang ‘dark—bright’ describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
Just taking the first lines of the second chapter in the Tao, we can see what Cathe is communicating with these powerful images. “Under Heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can see good as good only because there is evil…”
Garish graffiti defaces the once dignified architecture of Buenos Aires. The decayed, languishing facades are ‘refaced’ by this modern language. Ugly. (step back) Ugly? (step closer)… Beautiful? Taking the time to really look, that rough canvas becomes a masterpiece, and impactful, if not beautiful. The base photographs in the Graffiti series are unretouched. Only the saturation is enhanced.
The same is true with the Gypsy series. Nothing was staged. However, the harsh grittiness of New Orleans was softened by reducing the saturation and bringing up an accent color in a few key areas. No one in the series was aware they were being watched or photographed. No one posed (except, maybe Coco). The subjects could be seen as the underbelly of society, but then, at a second keener look from a different perspective, we find magnetic, elegant portraits that are… beautiful.
Who is this person? Is she Evil? Is he Dangerous? Insane? Beautiful? Saintly?
Cathe calls them ‘juxta-poses’. The yin and yang in one editorial image. An artistic narrative. A lesson in beauty. It is everywhere. Look closer. Behold.