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    Contact Nicole Moné
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    Bookmark was created for the group exhibition “Cats vs. Dogs” at the Vendue in Charleston, SC. The exhibit is benefitting the Charleston SPCA. As an animal lover,  I was looking forward to creating a painting for the exhibit. 

    Of course, I love all animals, but for the fun of the exhibit the artists had to choose if they would represent cats or dogs. 


    The subjects of the image are my significant other, David, and one of our two girls, Ernestine or “Ernie” - named for Ernest Hemingway (a favorite author of mine and a famed lover of cats). We adore her and she adores us - it’s a pretty good gig. 


    I never tire of seeing scenes such as this unfold in real time. I wanted to convey the ease, trust, and comedy in the daily routines of a family with cats. There is sweetness in her desire to join in every activity and, once experienced, one can’t help but have a deep love and affection for these glorious little creatures. There is great kindness in someone who doesn’t protest this type of hurdle but rather calmly finds a way to coexist with their smaller, furry family members. As anyone with cats will understand, sometimes you simply move part of the cat and continue reading.



    I wanted to give a nod to the long connection between artists and cats. I chose to use Théophile Alexandre Steinlen’s iconic Le Chat Noir image and added Pablo Picasso’s Cat Devouring a Bird to the mug. (The steaming coffee so close to her back legs adds an exciting element of danger to a quiet morning of reading - and she sees something that has her transfixed. This might not end well... )

    Specific details

    Name of Artist: Nicole Moné
    Country: United States
    Width (inches): 24
    Height (inches): 20
    Media: Oil
    Painting Genre: Representational: Figurative / Other
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