Self-annihilating Kitty Quilt was abandoned this week to work on my website.
My first art book was on British Pop of the sixties. I LOVED Yellow Submarine when I saw it in Ankara, where we were living when it came out. I loved the clash of cultures I was living with at the time: Turkish crafts and pop-culture cinema, Greek ruins, Roman ruins, Byzantine ruins, fantastic Islamic architecture, Americans abroad, and the halting English spoken by my Chinese-Japanese mother who was never fully present. Even then, everything was rainbow-colored by the Beetles.
Post-holiday sugar-rush still lingers, disturbingly, in the pit of my stomach. In trying to exhibit some kind of discipline, I am continuing to document the new tapestry. This continues a line of thought documented first on the 12/5 post. For convenience I’m calling the piece the Self-Annihilating Kitty Quilt.
The quilted part of the tapestry is a background graphic. The shadow-box faux dimensionality will morph into digitalized snow. The greater part of the sketch represents a more sculptural deep relief. A sculptural “bio-mass” engulfs the kitty quilt. I think of it as a bacterial infection. Perhaps a too obvious reference to the technological “virus”?
The cat is a representation of a kind of obsession that can be taught to machine intelligence. There is a human fascination with biological forms that are “cute,” a visual sugar-rush: self-indulgent excess.