RESEARCH: Caterina Sforza.
A central gesture in Artie’s training sequence in the 2017 workshop showing.

Caterina Sforza (1463-1509) was a brutal Italian warrior who bore 8 children and travelled on horseback across the Tiber while she was 7 months pregnant. When approached by an army of men attempting to kill her children she threatened them by lifting her skirt, bearing her vagina, and exclaiming, “Go ahead take my children, do what you will. I have what’s here to make more!”

Caterina’s blunt force towards any man’s attempt to overpower her easily made it’s way into the 2017 workshop showing. One of the central gestures in Artie’s training sequence was inspired by Caterina’s threat towards the army of men, when she lifts her skirt and lets out a warrior’s scream as she prepares to face the outside world.