Aquatint and drypoint, printed from six plates, with hand-painting
Dimensions: Image: 32 11/16 x 64 inches (83 x 162.5 cm)
Acquired through the generosity of Harold Tanner, Class of 1952, and Nicki Tanner
A cat is a line, a dog is a dot. The principle of the cat is its spine. Draw any line, add some fur, some ears and whiskers, and you have a cat…. In working with puppets, you can take a feather boa, put a tennis ball at one end, two sticks to support and manipulate the boa, and you have a cat that can sidle, rub itself against your legs, turn in on itself. Shake one hand, and the cat’s hips twitch before making a leap.
—Kentridge, Six Drawing Lessons (2014)
This is Scribble Cat—twisting, hunching, hunting, the spine the pivot of its activity (indeed, a manipulated feather boa). The staccato marks that make up the body, with transparent sections allowing a view to the background, emphasize the feline’s movement as it cautiously places its feet, its gimlet eyes assessing potential predators. Although not sequential like a film, the composition is almost cinematic; its six overlapping plates provide momentum and movement, like a flipbook. This is a scruffy cat, a survivor, a poster child for a homeless cat always on the move. Homely yet charmingly seductive, its outsized dimensions serve to make all these characteristics inescapable. ("Imprint/ In Print," curated by Nancy E. Green with assistance from Christian Waibel '17 and presented at the Johnson Museum August 8 - December 20, 2015)
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