Bio

As an artist, filmmaker, educator and eco-activist, Cathy Cook has been creating films, animation, poetry films, collages and installations since the early 1980’s.  She has exhibited her award-winning work internationally in both solo and group shows including MOMA, The Whitney Museum, PBS and numerous other venues. In 2001, Cook was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.  Nature, topical social issues, and poetry have been staples in her creative work. Cook’s Cranes in Motion project, took her to the largest migration locations for Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes. Currently Cook is an Associate Professor in Visual Arts – Cinematic Arts at UMBC. Cook migrates between Baltimore and Wisconsin; where she lives on a small swampy lake with her dog Zippy. They share residence with cranes, loons, eagles, badgers, deer, herons and coyotes.

Cook’s current project, Eye Movie (in progress) is a short first-person essay film revealing her struggles with ocular disorders. A hybrid of documentary, experimental film and animation, she will cinematically investigate the dynamics of the eye and human vision from an artist’s perspective. The soundtrack will be composed by the accomplished Baltimore-based composer and percussion vocalist, “Shodekeh”, who will incorporate throat singing and beatbox into the mix.

Photo by David Figueroa

Photo by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann

Photo by Paul Dickinson

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