A cat in gloves catches no mice, 2019

Mixed media on canvas
100 x 100 cm | 39.37 x 39.37 in

Karlien De Villiers, with her bizarre characters who seem to come from the world of comics, pushes us to reflect on problems that are always present in our society with a biting irony.

In this artwork, the artist shows us a cat with a spotted coat that could be mistaken for a small cheetah and, behind him, a woman with a red complexion. The title reads “A cat with gloves does not catch mice”, and leads us to reflect on the fact that both we and our pets have moved away from nature. A cat, in fact, to live in the wild should hunt, but being with humans it is no longer necessary for it to do so. Then its sharp-clawed paws are covered with red gloves, which make them harmless and immediately relate the cat to its human thanks to the color that refers to the woman’s skin tone.

KARLIEN DE VILLIERS, Floating Solo, Cellar Contemporary, Trento, March 2021

Published on: 
KARLIEN DE VILLIERS, Floating Solo, ed. Cellar Contemporary, Trento 2021, p. 14

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