Artist's description:

For me this modern domestic setting and the way these cats are sitting Sphinx like on the armchair apparently protecting their mistress brings to mind our connection with our ancestors. Although it is believed that cats were first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent, cats were very important in Egypt. The goddess Bast was closely associated with cats and often depicted as a cat or a woman with the head of a cat. Bast was a goddess of sexuality, home life and childbirth but also acted as a guardian of the pharaoh.

I decided to use photo etching to show the 'reality' of this setting and evoke a sense of the past by emphasising the silhouettes and using a grainy texture. The geometric patterns repeated in the image and on the computer keyboard for me conjure up the digital age of today.

Materials used:

oil based ink on solar plate etching

From the Fertile Crescent to Farnham (2014)


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