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(watercolor illustration on paper, 12X12, 2011)
"The 1920s' feline couple"
Usually I'm of the opinion that most stereotypes are there for a reason. If you don't like what other people say about a particular group of people you belong to, try not to be behave in a way that would reenforce that stereotype any further. Right now you're probably wondering why I chose the topic of stereotypes to accompany an illustration depicting two cute cats dressed in the 1920s clothing. What can I say? My mind works in mysterious ways…
I actually do have a point… I was thinking about the whole "Dog" or "Cat" person idea. "Dog people" supposedly appreciate loyalty, unconditional love, constant companionship, etc. Should we then conclude that "cat people" have a fondness for disloyalty, being treated badly or ignored? Perhaps, "cat people" have some kind of masochistic subconscious desire to feel like you have to earn someone's love every day. Could they be just more selfish than the 'dog people' and enjoy being left alone for the most part, while still feeling like they care for something live? I'm both cat and dog person. I value loyalty, but I also love having my space. Does it mean that the "dog" or "cat" person stereotype can be applied to me? Does it even make sense? I honestly can't tell.
"Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings."
"Dogs have owners, cats have staff."
"Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat."