Jack Straw New Media Gallery

May Maylisa Cat: Karmic II

July 30 - September 10, 2021

Visits by appointment only, M-F, 10am-5:30pm
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Virtual Opening (archived video)

Artist Talk (archived video)

May Maylisa Cat - Karmic II

Karmic II examines the symbolism of ghosts in media through sonic elements and performance. Inspired by Southeast Asian horror movies and '90s TV drama of the ghost Phi Krasue, the artist investigates what exactly creates “a monster,” and what psychological and social control they enforce. Karmic II is a continuation of a New Media Fellowship project and an immersive installation, Karmic I, exhibited at Open Signal in 2019 in Portland, OR. This exhibit is supported in part by funds from the Oregon Arts Commission.

May Maylisa Cat is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans new media, performance art, sculpture, and installation. She grew up in Chicago, IL and graduated from Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY. Her projects have received support from The Franklin Furnace Fund; Precipice Fund; Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant; Open Signal New Media Fellowship; and Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland. Recent exhibitions includeGLEAN, Oregon Center for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR, 2020; and Karmic I, a multi-screen immersive installation at Open Signal, Portland, OR, 2019. May has attended residencies at Chautauqua Visual Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, Fountainhead Residency, Wassaic Project, Caldera Arts, Glean Portland, Stelo Arts, Pilchuck Glass School, and many others. She has spoken as a guest lecturer for Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Art in Pittsburgh, PA; Yale School of Art in New Haven, CT; Cooper Union in New York, NY; and as a teaching artist for Caldera Arts in Sisters, OR.

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, WA State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, Raynier Foundation, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.


Recent exhibitions

Submergence: Going Below the Surface with Orca and Salmon (June 4-July 2, 2021)

Transfigurations: Carbon Flow (January 22-April 30, 2021) by Rachel Lodge

Large String Array (October 2-December 18, 2020) by Cameron Perry Fraser

IRISIRIS (Online exhibit lauched July 24, 2020) by Julia Freeman

Natural Individuals (February 14-March 27, 2020) by Yunmi Her

Golden Lady: A Retrospective into the Life & Loves of Catherine Harris-White to Date (January 31-February 7, 2020)

Aren't They All Just Love Songs Anyway? (October 4 - December 11, 2019) by Naima Lowe

The Final Image (August 9 - September 20, 2019) by Martin Jarmick

To Take the Shape of the Container (April 5 - June 8, 2019) by Erin Elyse Burns

Piano Drop (February 11 - March 17, 2019)

Silicone Love - Her Garden (September 7-November 9, 2018) by Chun Shao

to drown (June 1-July 13, 2018) by L Koo

Brain Goreng (April 13-May 18, 2018) by Matthew Thomas Shoemaker

blind film (February 9-March 30, 2018) by Sangjun Yoo

Mikawa (September 29-December 8, 2017) by Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison

The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies(June 16- August 4, 2017) by Roger Feldman and Jeff Roberts

Meditations on Water (April 14 - June 2, 2017) by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell


Previous exhibitions

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Cultural Center, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.



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