The Remarkable Lushness of Printed Ink on Paper (eight of the 9 x 24s)

Here’s my official description for these, circa 2009: Deep color and lush texture create a distinctly visual experience, intensified by a modular concept that lends itself to both structure and flexibility. 9 x 24 inch images on Hahnemühle photo rag bright white paper. Printing by Laumont, New York. A visually distinct experience? Perhaps. A distinctive visual experience? Oh, let that be. What interests me now is that the onscreen versions look good, but they don’t have nearly as much impact as they do in print. Also, I’m delighted that the prints remain vibrant twelve years on. Love, CatAngel © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Field Color Wave © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Candles Over the Hearth © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Mountain Spring © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Imagine Friendly Ghosts © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Jewel One Two © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Simultaneously Indoors and Outdoors © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Icon Oh Two-Hue © Catherine Rutgers 202001 Angel, 02 Field Color Wave, 03 Candles Over the Hearth, 04 Mountain Spring,
05 Imagine Friendly Ghosts, 06 Jewel One Two, 07 Simultaneously Indoors and Outdoors, 08 Icon Oh Two-Hue 160 © Catherine Rutgers 2021

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The Willing Suspension of Disbelief

01 Molten Glance, 02 The Buoyant Fragility of Hope, 03 Tropical Dreamscape,
04 Where Now, 05 Listening Weight, 06 Scuffs and All, 07 Planet Soul,
08 Distinctive Crater, 09 Free-Falling Quaver, 10 Sonic Bloom, 11 We Still Need to Believe

© Catherine Rutgers 2021

Molten Glance © Catherine Rutgers 2021

The Buoyant Fragility of Hope © Catherine Rutgers 2021Tropical Dreamscape © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Where Now © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Listening Weight © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Scuffs and All © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Planet Soul © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Distinctive Crater © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Free-Falling Quaver © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Sonic Bloom © Catherine Rutgers 2021

We Still Need to Believe © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Catherine and Gloria in the Hudson Valley, August 29, 2015

It’s akin to being captured in amber. Though not as conclusive. I’m sorry, but no matter what they say the distant half-measure does not begin to half-way compensate. Nothing can make up for this unwelcome separation. But know that I think of you, always.

Photo by Tom Burnett © 2015

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Mothian Blurs and the Ionic Trajectory

01 Passage, 02 Swish, 03 Gentle Slope, 04 Its Own Particular Kind of Light, 05 Arachnid, 06 Deep Trace, 07 Mothian Splish, 08 Sweetly Disoriented Dream
© Catherine Rutgers 2020

Passage © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Swish © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Gentle Slope © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Its Own Particular Kind of LIght © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Arachnid © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Deep Trace © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Mothian Splish © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Sweetly Disoriented Dream © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Luna Moth by Lillian Glavan Gaffney © 2020

A Luna moth in the month of May. By Lillian Glavan Gaffney © 2020

“Ion, any atom or group of atoms that bears one or more positive or negative electrical charges. Positively charged ions are called cations; negatively charged ions, anions. … Many crystalline substances are composed of ions held in regular geometric patterns by the attraction of the oppositely charged particles for each other. Ions migrate under the influence of an electrical field and are the conductors of electric current in electrolytic cells.”—Encyclopaedia Britannica,

It was a file-naming typo: mothion instead of motion. But I love the idea of a moth ion or of something being mothian (like a moth, in my definition; it’s also a surname, the name of a gaming character, and a musical scale). And I do love moths. Even the little freaky kinds, but truly the rarely seen beauties. Could anything be more enchanting than a Luna moth? Peace, Cat

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Sneakers (and other shoes I miss)

On February 5, 2010, I set up a photo shoot on the kitchen table. Every pair of shoes I owned (minus my flip-flops and boots) received a carefully arranged close-up. Time at the start: 2:52 p.m. Finished at 4:54. Two hours, two minutes. The sneakers are wonderful. But I really, really miss wearing the dancing shoes, so will start with those.

Dancing Shoes and Rainbow Tights © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Somehow I got the idea that somebody, somewhere said, “A man’s tie shows who he wants to be, but his shoes reveal who he is.” Origin unknown. But the imagined (or possibly real) quote inspired this session. Ten years after, this footwear deserves a new spotlight. Shaq. Champion. Airwalk. Long-gone beauties and work companions.

Cool Graphics © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Stronger Than Dirt © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Pink Snakeskin and Silver © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Beloved © Catherine Rutgers 2020

The next four, I still have and wear. The Airwalks are wrapped in silvery gaffer’s tape to hold them together. The Pumas get compliments. The astonishing black-and-baby-blue Dunkmans are still incredibly comfortable. The Vans Neck Face Sk8-Low, in Arabian Spice, not so much (but they look so cool).

Magnificently Walking on Air © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Old School Lasts Forever © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Baby Blue and Arabian Spice © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Also, I miss these other dress-up shoes. Velveteen and rhinestones. Your sneakers show how you work (and play). The satin-bowed and twinkly shoes whisper “party on.”

Velveteen and Rhinestones © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Now I wish I had a photo of my famous silver L.A. Gear high tops, circa 1983. They drove everyone I knew to laughter, but I wore them to tatters, with pride. Love, Cat

00 Feature Sneaker, 01 Dancing Shoes and Rainbow Tights, 02 Cool Graphics,
03 Stronger Than Dirt,
04 Pink Snakeskin and Silver, 05 Beloved, 06 Magnificently Walking on Air, 07 Old School Lasts Forever, 08 Baby Blue and Arabian Spice,
09 Velveteen and Rhinestones

Images and words © Catherine Rutgers 2020

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00 Midnight Dune, 01 Subtle Approach, 02 Refracted Escape, 03 Salt Sparkle Reflection, 04 Dazzled, 05 Emersion, 06 Candescent, 07 Enter Here, 08 Sheer Pleasure
© Catherine Rutgers 2020

Subtle Approach © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Refracted Escape © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Salt Sparkle Reflection © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Dazzled © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Emersion © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Candescent © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Enter Here © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Sheer Pleasure © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Inspired by Nicole, who always encourages the impulse to create.

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