Cat Mazza. Cat Mazza, Colorbar, 2004. Video still.
Cat Mazza is an artist whose work combines craft with digital media to explore the overlaps between textiles, technology, and labor. She is the founder of microRevolt, a web-based project that hosts knitPro, a free web application that translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint, and cross-stitch patterns, which is used in over 100 countries.
Mazza is a 2007 Rockefeller Media Arts fellow in New Media, a 2008 Creative Capital grantee in Film / Video, and a 2009 Craft Research Fund recipient. Her art has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Triennale di Milano in Italy, The Garanti Gallery in Istanbul, the Hannah Maclure Centre in Scotland, the Jönköpings läns Museum in Sweden; and nationally at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
She has also participated in new media festivals Futuresonic (Manchester), FILE (São Paulo), and Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), where her work received a 2005 Digital Communities award. Mazza’s work has been featured in several books including KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects of Knitting’s New Wave (Stewart Tabori & Chang, 2007), by Sabrina Gschwandtner and Kiriko Shirobayashi; Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (forthcoming from Pluto Press, 2011), by Gregory Sholette; and the art history textbook Preble’s Artforms, 9th Edition (Prentice Hall, 2008), by Patrick L. Frank.
Mazza was a founding staff member at Eyebeam, an art and technology center in New York, where she worked from 1999 to 2002. She received her BFA in studio art from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 and her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2005, where she studied integrated electronic arts. Mazza is currently an assistant professor of art at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.