“Half Dead (feat. JGivens)” is the new single from Cataphant’s upcoming EP of the same name. The song is about battling aggression with kindness and redirecting the impulse to fight toward laying one’s life down for others, especially those who consider themselves enemies.
The upcoming Half Dead EP is Cataphant’s first EP under her new moniker. Originally a folk artist, Cataphant collaborated this time around with gifted producer Ohmega Watts to produce a more eclectic, electronic sound. The subject matter of the project is the different forms of death that happen within a life characterized by spiritual rebirth. I.e. dying to the self, walking through pain & suffering, and allowing healing to take place through life’s hardest moments.
Stream / DL: Cataphant “Half Dead (feat. JGivens)” [prod. Ohmega Watts]
Cataphant is a multi-disciplinary artist based out of Chicago, Illinois whose various art forms (music, painting, writing, among others) explore the dark but beautiful areas of faith and redemption. Ascribing to the Christian faith, her work is an eccentric exploration of what it looks like to embrace the inevitable struggle that this walk entails. Pain, grief, uncertainty, and suffering all become vehicles for the art making process and tools used to refine one’s heart, ultimately working for good.
The name Cataphant is a combination of her real name, Catalina, and the word Elephant, her favorite animal. Elephants carry a wide breadth of symbolism, but in this case are merely used to reference the consistently nomadic nature of elephant herds. This alludes to the continuous movement towards sanctification characterized by devotion to Jesus as well as Cataphant’s inability to sit still.
Cataphant was born in Kansas, raised in Ohio, and has called Chicago home for the past decade. She is half-Colombian, half-Argentine and uses the cultural complexity of her upbringing to influence her creative process, often drawing influences from South American folk art, using art as social activism, and creating work about the space between cultural identity and spirituality. She received a BFA with an emphasis in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she focused on critical pedagogy, sacred practices, sculpture, cultural studies, and performance.
Musically, Cataphant’s influences span several continents and include trip hop, South American folk, hip hop, cumbia, and electronica. She is a frequent collaborator with hip hop artists from Humble Beast Records. A firm believer in the advancement of women in the arts, she founded YOUNG LADY, a creative brand that gives grants to women in hip hop.
You can find Catalina’s writing and reflection on the role of the artist at forthdistrict.com, where she has a regular column called Art Like a Lady.