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Title

Cat Town I

1991


Artist

KANAIDA Etsuko

Japan

1955 -


About

Kanaida depicts on thick paper an imaginary fantasy town inhabited only by cats. For the Japanese cats are rich in magical and folkloric associations; the cat has long been credited with mysterious supernatural powers, and there are many and varied folk stories about cats. Images of the 'maneki neko' (beckoning cat), with one paw raised, are to be seen in doorways and windows all over Japan, serving as mascots to entice riches and good fortune inside. Since cats often appear as ghosts or goblins, Kanaida's print also could be seen as a metaphor for a ghost town. Recently in metropolitan Japan, cats have assumed a more poignant significance as companions for people living alone in busy cities. These historical and modern associations of the cat form the warp and weft of Kanaida's original image.

Kanaida lives in Tokyo, having been educated at Tama Art University and born in Yamanashi.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 53.


Details


Alternative title

Neko machi I


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1991


Media category

Print


Materials used

collagraph


Edition

1/20


Dimensions

61.5 x 79.0 cm image; 69.0 x 91.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "E Kanaida". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

428.1993


Artist information

KANAIDA Etsuko

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 47 (colour illus.), 53. cat.no. 23