I feel what the world needs to solve its challenges is for
each of us to freely express our unique gifts. I consider
imagination the highest attribute of human beings.
In my work, I express sides of the feminine, the profound
and the profane. I delight in bringing opposites together,
like depth and whimsy, seriousness and playfulness,
practical matters and metaphysical thoughts, mundane
and sacred, profane and holy.
I feel the world calling women to come together and
collaborate, to support one another & manifest their gifts.
Caterina Bertolotto graduated from the University of Torino,
then moved to the United States and studied at Parsons School
of Design and at the Art Students League of N.Y. where she
earned a merit scholarship.
From 1982 to 2005 she has done installations of Kinetic Light
of her own creation (she calls them “Lightscapes”) and
over 55 collaborations with theater, music concerts, dance and
opera both in the United States and abroad (Italy, Switzerland,
Holland, Hong Kong, London and Osaka), using her “Lightscapes”
and hand-painted glass slides.
Her Lightscape art installations include one in the Dome of the
Hall of Science, N.Y. and one in Tokyo, Japan, in the early 1990s.
Among her collaborations are 7 concert and performance pieces with
American composer Carman Moore, and 9 with theater (and movie)
director Julie Taymor (who was introduced to her by Joseph Papp),
including special effects for “The Lion King” on Broadway
1997 and elsewhere, and for the most recent production of “The
Magic Flute” at the Metropolitan Opera of N.Y. in the Fall of 2004.
Caterina has also made several cartoon books of hand-painted photos
illustrating episodes from her life, some of which were exhibited in the
late 1990s at the Donnell Library in New York.
More recently Caterina has created dresses as an expression of the
empowered feminine. “Play Dress-up” (an installation of 19 dresses)
was exhibited at the “Windows on Broadway” Gallery in 2003.
September 17–19, 2006,“Dresses of Transformation” (an installation of 15 dresses expressing an inner journey) was on exhibit at La Guardia Galleries
of Fine Arts from April 3 thru May 31st, 2006 601 West 26th Street
–art installation “Dresses of Transformation” WeAr Magazine D&A
September 15–September 30, 2006, Easthampton, Mass. - Window Project - 10 oil cloth dresses on exhibit
Chelsea Museum, NYC, exhibition of 4 dresses for art/fashion event
October 13–15, 2006, Dumbo Art Under The Bridge Festival, NYC, group exhibition for Rider Project: Neubees
Nov 2006–Feb 2007, The “Dresses of Transformation” were exhibited at The New School Sky Gallery
July 2007, The Medicine Show Theater, hand painted slides for “The Theory of Color” - a play by Lella Heins
Oct. 25–Dec 25, 2007,Winkleman Gallery, Chelsea, N.Y. “The Seed Project”, Photo of dress “Terra”
April 2008, MCNY, Soho, N.Y. - Group Show
June 1st - September 2nd, 2008, Italian American Museum, Midtown Manhattan, A solo exhibit of the “Dresses of Transformation”
February 2009, Friends Meeting House, NY A Fashion Show of the
Dresses of Transformation for The Women Therapy Centre Institute’s
27th anniversary celebration “Indwelling III: Living in a Female Body”
August 2009, “Frocks in Flight”, a dance performance by choreographer
Gabrielle Lansner, inspired by the Dresses of Transformation by
Caterina Betolotto at the South Cove in Battery Park, N.Y. presented
by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, created for SITELINES 2009
October 2-10, 2009,“ByHand” Fashion-Art event, Palazzo Bertalazone di San Fermo, Torino, Italy.
June 2010, Aileen, Stuttgart, Germany
Solo installation of 10 of the “Dresses of Transformation” in an atelier
June 2010, East West Living Gallery, New York, NY
Solo exhibit of 9 dresses inspired by spiritual books including cards and
posters of the “Dresses of Transformation” designs
Aug. 2010, Gramercy Park, dancer studio, New York, NY
Workshop, “Dresses of Transformation” modeled with musician singer
Carol Savvas, event organized by Katherine Gotshall English
Jan. 2011, Reveal, Quo Club, New York, NY
Exhibit of 3 new dresses for a benefit for women in shelters
Sept. 2010, Marble Collegiate Church, Parlor, New York, NY
Workshop “In Search of Your Joy” and “Dresses of Transformation” modeled. Singer Carol Savvas
Oct. 2010, The Players Club, New York, NY
"Spa for the Soul" Workshop with 10 “Dresses of Transformation”
Oct. 2011, First Presbyterian Church, New York, NY
Workshop “SPA for the Soul 2” with “Dresses of Transformation”
Oct. 2011, The New School, New York, NY
Exhibited transformational dress for Parsons School of Design fashion show called “Sisters on the Run Way” to benefit women in shelters
Nov. 2011, New School Student Health Department, New York, NY
Co-taught workshop called “The Body Positive”