|Kinaesthetics begins with Kay: the Art and Dance of Dr. Picart|
When scholarly works are combined with the love of art and stage performance, the results are nothing less than stellar. Dr. Caroline Joan (“Kay”) Picart is perhaps the most accomplished member of the BBFAA, par excellence. She grew up in the Philippines; her father has a Filipino-French-American ancestry, and her mother, a Filipino-Chinese-Spanish background. As an artist, her work has been sold, exhibited, and featured at various galleries and events in the Philippines, South Korea, England, and various parts of the U.S. Several of her pieces are owned by UNICEF. She was the first Filipino woman painter to have an exhibit in Seoul, South Korea in September, 1992, and founded a group, the International Artists and Poets Society when she was in Seoul from 1992-1993. Kay has also worked on integrating her visual art with her interests in ballroom dance and in autoethnographic and creative non-fiction. She has produced numerous video shorts, all through grants from the Institute of Race & Ethnicity, University of Wisconsin; the Pennsylvania State University; St. Lawrence University; Florida State University, and Swarthmore College, among others.
From 2002-2008, she directed, scripted and performed in an annual TV program for FSU's International Center, “Ballroom and Beyond,” which used dance as a means of exploring and celebrating cultural diversity. As someone who believes that the joy of dance as an art form should be shared, Kay has performed for various local and national fundraising benefits. When she has been invited to do so, she has done volunteer dance classes with high schools and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, and has also contributed art to various local philanthropic efforts. In 2005, Dr. Picart built her own company, KINAESTHETICS, LLC which moves across the production of visual art and dance; its latest offshoot, in 2008, is the successful Dr. Caroline (Kay) Picart Show,”which gained close to two million listeners, nationally and internationally, in approximately four months of live programming. In 2006, after being consistently ranked among the top three nationally for close to two years, she won the US Open Cabaret pro am championship, where 40 countries participated and the very best in the world competed. She is the first Filipina to win this title, and her love of dance and movement, is a primary influence upon her work as an artist and a scholar.
As a scholar, Kay is a philosopher and former molecular biologist educated in the Philippines, Cambridge, England, and the U.S. She is the author of 13 published or forthcoming singly written or co-authored books on philosophy and literature, film, and cultural studies as well as numerous academic and popular journal articles. She has taught in the Philippines, England, South Korea and various parts of the U.S. in the fields of Biology, Philosophy, Film and English for 21 years.
Kinaesthetics, LLC: http://www.kinaestheticssportasart.com (art samples)
The Dr. Caroline (Kay) Picart Show: http://www.drpicart.com (radio show)
Caroline (Kay) Picart general site: http://www.carolinekaypicart.com
with a focus on dance:
In April 2009, Dr. Picart donated two pieces of her precious artworks to BBFAA. These masterpieces beautifully depicts our ethnic heritage.
Circle of Life
The center of this mixed media image is a family: father and mother enclose a child in a circle of love, as around them, symbols of the circle of life abound. Fish, which is a motif of both Christianity, and one of the common sources of protein in the Philippines (as it is an archipelago made of more than 7,100+ islands) nurtures and sustains life, while the blending of green with brown, which are common colors of the bamboo, reflect the cycles of life and nature.
This is based on one of Eduardo Masferre's photographs, who documented, through photographs, the people of the Cordilleras. Done is a semi-pointillist fashion, the image hovers in between a snapshot of the "real" and a fine point abstraction, which defies touristic consumption. Rice is a staple food in the Philippines, and the ability to create rice fields from bare mountain with nothing but the simplest of tools and bare hands, is one of the legacies of the Ifugao tribe: one of the twelve cultural minorities in the Philippines.
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