Gesselle Mendez

Can They See What We Cannot?

The Cat That Could Summon Rain
Ceramic Sculpture
9 ½” x 7”
Fall 2020
The Sight
24” x 36”
Oil on canvas
Fall 2020
The Sight
13” x 5 ½”
Ceramic Sculpture
Fall 2020
The Grave Jumping Cat
Ink and Paper
18” x 24”
Fall 2020
Witch’s Little Helper
18” x 24”
Oil on Canvas
Fall 2020

Artist Statement
As an artist, I like to take the harder route and explore new mediums and ideas that I am not used to. Part of my process revolves around my current mood or interest, such as cute themes, fruits, texture, etc. Now, my current obsession is animals, but only doing animals seemed too simple and that is when I combined my interest with the supernatural and my love for cats together.
For a long time, cats have been seen as odd. From ancient Egypt, cats were seen as Deities and if we go all the way to the present, you will find organizations that believe that cats are aliens. I decided to choose superstitions or myths that could be relatable and or unique. The most common superstition being that black cats are evil and an obscure one being that cats had the ability to wake the dead. I want to leave it to the audience what they believe cats to be. Could they be supernatural or are they misunderstood?

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