Let’s face it, one of the biggest obsessions of our society, are definitely kittens.
They constantly break the internet with hilarious videos that shows all their cuddliness.
It is nowadays a phenomenon not only for old crazy and lonely women
– the famous italians “gattare” -, but for all of us.
Everyone have a reason to talk about cats or to have fun with them.
Some people can draw inspiration from it.
One of those is Stephen Eichhorn: he loves cats and plants the same way, so much he decided to realize some collages to combine them.
All these works became a book calls Cats&Plants, in which cactus, flowers and shells adorn lovely kittens, and together are just beautiful.
If you are a puppies lover, don’t miss our cuddly chat!
Sofia. Hi Stephen. Can you tell us who you are? Describe yourself and your work.
Stephen. I make small to large scale hand cut collage. Much of my process is quiet, it’s about gathering and cutting which is a meticulous process.
I see making collage as a form of mark making. It’s a lot like drawing but instead of series of pencil marks, I am layering cut pieces. I think it would be more of a jump if I was working digitally but my hand is still very present in the collage making process.
Within the past couple years it has come full circle and I started making sculptural work as well. The two modes of working inform each other- I wouldn’t have come to the same conclusions about my sculptural work without the collage work.
Sophia. Let’s talk about the book Cats&Plants. Where did this idea comes from? How did you realize that?
Stephen. Around 2008 / 2009 while searching for source material for other collages I would occasionally come across cat books. I had a growing collection of houseplant books and I noticed that the cats had been photographed in similar way to the plants. There was a quirkiness and humor to the still life compositions of the houseplants that the cat photos shared – like the cats and plants were domestic objects.
The shell cats, as well as the stand-ups, are more recent projects (I started making both around the same time in 2015). I had found some shell / oceanic life books that had the same still life vibe as the houseplants and cats.
Sofia. In the book, cats are adorned by plants: is this something to annoy them or to make them happy?
Stephen. I guess they are adorned to make them happy, it’s not something I’ve thought too much about. I would saw they either coexist with the adornment growing on them or that the plant life adornment gathers around/on them cosmically.
Sofia. According to you, why are we totally obsessed by these furry friends?
Stephen. They’re wonderful, affectionate, weird, hilarious friends.
Sofia. Last but not least: do you like puppies?
Stephen. I LOVE puppies! My partner and I have two toy poodles, Lulu and Francis.
All images courtesy of Stephen Eichhorn.
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