I did actually think about other possible spirit animals. I like cows a lot. But in the end it didn’t make sense to do anything but a cat. I drew a lot of cats. The comments in class were very revealing, people said they looked like hieroglyphics and that “the cat was the medium of experimentation.” I see these all as one cat, with different stories and ideas explored in each one, different representations. I usually draw cats when I’m sketching out projects—cat sculptures or animations. It was fun to draw a lot of cats just for the sake of drawing cats.
After drawing all of them, I wished I had drawn them all the same instead of using different styles but it was fun to explore the way I draw cats, which I do a lot when I’m sketching out project ideas, but just for the sake of drawing cats. While I do like cats and I think I probably have some similarities to a cat in terms of personality and disposition, I don’t feel spiritually connected to cats as much as I just feel connected to the act of drawing them, if that makes sense. I feel that drawing lots of little cats represents my personality more than one cat could.
In terms of the cat’s character, I was thinking a lot about how cats interact with people while I was drawing, and also stereotypes of cats. I think cats are very self conscious at times but not always—maybe they’re not literally self-conscious they way people are but it seems that way. Cats are often depicted as being mean and aloof, which I think comes from their self-consciousness. I think they are aware of people and people’s attention and sometimes they it appeals to them and sometimes it doesn’t.