Cat X-rays in­spire art


Art can be in­spired by al­most any­thing, as is demon­strated by the Whi­tireia vis­ual arts stu­dents’ end-of-year ex­hi­bi­tion The VAT.

Porirua stu­dent Lau­reen Jones’ sick cat in­spired her works, ti­tled Cat Van­i­tas.

Her works in­clude screen prints of her cat’s x-rays trans­formed into flow­ers. ‘‘It’s full of sym­bol­ism,’’ she said. ‘‘The skull rep­re­sents the fragility of life, flow­ers rep­re­sent the fragility of life and also time run­ning out, and pre­cious met­als mean you can’t take your wealth with you when you go.’’

Jones found her cat, Nep­tune, as a stray with an ab­nor­mal tis­sue growth called a polyp in his ear.

‘‘It took eight months of non-stop med­i­ca­tion and ear sy­ring­ing and love and vet bills to get him healthy,’’ she said.

‘‘In the mean­time I had a whole lot of x-rays of him and thought I could use them in my work.’’

Her dis­play will also in­clude a real cat’s skeleton, found in a neigh­bour’s gar­den and pieced to­gether bone by bone.

At least 20 first and sec­ond-year vis­ual arts stu­dents will present their works in the ex­hi­bi­tion, which opens on Novem­ber 12 at This­tle Hall Com­mu­nity Gallery.

Cu­rated by Mary Jane Duffy, The VAT will dis­play works in a range of medi­ums, in­clud­ing jewel- lery, tex­tiles, print­mak­ing, paint­ing and sculp­ture.


Cat Van­i­tas: Porirua vis­ual arts stu­dent Lau­reen Jones with her cat-in­spired work.

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