Artist Kitty Von-Sometime was born and raised in Devon, England. She began playing with cameras at a young age, using herself and loved ones as her subjects until realizing the power video possessed as a medium for alter internal and external mindsets. Kitty observed that the people around her, most notably women, needed a shift in their self-perspective. She began exploring creative ways by which she could help encourage confidence, positive body image and the release of inhibition through recorded visual performance art and filmmaking.
Kitty proactively involves those outside of art to become art, to live art, to feel art, perhaps because she has often found herself on the outside of the institution of art. Without formal education in the fields of art, cinematography or direction, Kitty simply takes what is in her imagination and makes it tangible to her audience, whether through recorded media, installation, painting or live performance. Participants and observers of Kitty’s art are encouraged to free themselves of inhibition and immerse themselves in the world she has created for them – a place both challenging and safe – with the intention of drawing out parts of themselves they didn’t know existed.
Following a move from the UK to Iceland in 2006, Kitty created an experimental event and performance piece featuring only women. The event resulted in a photographic interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper and the latter was a choreographed group performance using darkness and neon glow accessories to accentuate movement. Kitty cut together a short film of the performance, Neon Fame, which received an overwhelming, genuine and positive response from both the women participating and viewers of the film. Kitty was inspired to continue the project with more seriousness as both an artist and filmmaker with the intent of reaching more women globally with her art and her message. Thus, The Weird Girls Project began.
To date, Kitty has created 24 episodes of The Weird Girls Project, each with its own unique concept and message. Kitty has received international acclaim for The Weird Girls Project and been featured in renowned art and culture press throughout the world. She is the subject of an upcoming feature length documentary, I Want To Be Weird, which follows her journey as an artist and the creation of the project. The most recent episode of The Weird Girls Project was released in June 2015, a collaborative piece with music by CREEP featuring Sia.
In addition to The Weird Girls Project, Kitty has been sponsored or commissioned to create public art in Iceland, Europe and Asia. The Icelandic branch of UN Women chose The Weird Girls Project as a way to visually announce the name change from UNIFEM in 2011.
Converse then selected Kitty for an artist sponsorship in 2012 which had her creating and producing multiple short films in China, bringing about the relatively new idea of pushing personal boundaries to everyday Chinese women. This was followed by a 3 month residency at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai where she focused on other mediums including developing installation, painting and performance.
Following her success in China, Kitty was invited to produce an episode of The Weird Girls Project in Germany and was honoured as the opening work for the 2013 Nordischer Klang Nordic arts festival, where she also held a solo exhibition and artist talk at Krupp Kolleg in Greifswald.
In 2014, Kitty’s first major work was a commissioned public light installation– inspired by the bioluminescence of deep sea jellyfish– for the Winter Light Festival of Reykjavík, supported by Kultur Kontakt Nord.
Kitty also produced her first solo performance art film, shot on Langjökull glacier in Iceland, entitled Opus. The short film, which was released in October of 2014, is a collaborative project between Kitty and Icelandic band Ástiðir. Opus is an artistic statement on Kitty’s relationship with living in Iceland, and a love letter to her wife who left Iceland to return to the US.
An independent feature length documentary film, I Want To Be Weird was released at International Film Festivals in September 2015 followed by an International theatrical, broadcast, DVD and Online Release. The film follows Kitty through her journey as an artist with specific focus on her performance art series The Weird Girls Project.