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Title

Cat Town I

1991

Artist

Kanaida Etsuko

Japan

1955 -

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  • 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

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication