Lost Cats 2008


In this project I have appropriated lost pet posters from my local environment, intervening in the process of recovery of missing pets, and reworking my neighbors' expressions of loss and desire in an observance that is by turns elegiac and emotionally parasitic. The posters constitute interesting material in-and-of themselves, as public expressions of private attachment, and as unanswered pleas to a local community. Technically, I was interested in reproducing the reproduction—in remaking the disposable xerox prints of the original lost-cat fliers out of graphite on canvas. With an understanding of the probable loss of the cats depicted to a local coyote population, the posters take on a tragic dimension.


Each image is 24x30", graphite on canvas.