Katrina Wolfe's primary work is the practice, teaching, and performance of Motion Awareness; a movement technique that utilizes sensitivity to the physical sensations of the body as the impetus for both action and sustaining postures in stillness. Motion Awareness was developed when Katrina began combining core principles of Vipassana meditation with her personal practice of Butoh (dance theater founded in 1950s Japan). Visual arts, especially Katrina's study of figurative sculpture and anatomy, also provide foundational aspects to the technique of Motion Awareness. Katrina's experience in drawing, oil painting, photography, abstract and figurative sculpture also contributes to the interdisciplinary performances she is currently creating. These performances often involve complex installations and sculptural costumes made of various found and recycled items including paper, fabric, glass, wax, and extensive varieties of organic materials, especially fresh or dried plants and flowers. Many of Katrina's Motion Awareness works involving installations have been performed in an hour, during which the installation, often taking many days to create, is destroyed, deconstructed, or greatly altered. She has also performed some Motion Awareness / installation pieces as durational works and plans to develop many of her future performances as such.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.