I am honored that this sculpture is included in the Art in Embassies (US Department of State) exhibition at the US Embassy in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa. (Spring 2016-2019)
Tigger / Tiger…or Who She Thinks She Is is my most recently completed sculpture in a series of animal-themed works and was inspired in part by our somewhat demented cat. No, Tigger may not be the most original name for a stripey feline, but if you’d met her, you’d understand how perfectly that name suited her personality! Here she is, when just a kid, posed and ready for action on my favorite beading chair…
As was true of Hide (Fawn) and Changing Spots (Leopard), the beading on this sculpture was worked in peyote stitch over a taxidermy form. In this case, the form is for a wild cat known as a caracal or desert lynx. Native to Africa, Asia and India, caracals feature a narrow, elongated head and neck (resembling Tigger’s) and a muscular body (more like that of a tiger). I reduced the proportions of the caracal’s ears to more closely resemble those of a house cat. The wild animal’s natural beige to grey overall shades were transformed to the grey and black stripes of a tabby cat, pixelating to the brilliantly contrasting black and golden hues of a tiger.
This sculpture, my largest yet, took about one and a half years to complete. Below, are images of the finished work, followed by some portraying Tigger / Tiger while she was in progress.
Tigger/Tiger (or Who She Thinks She Is)
Glass seed beads in peyote stitch over dense foam core
H.: 19″; L.: 18″ horizontally, from nose-tip to outer curve of tail
Exhibited: Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia (December 2015-January 2016); Art in Embassies, US Department of State exhibition, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa (Spring 2016 – 2019).
Published: “The Intersection of Love and Art” by Lisa Fieldman, West Chester & Chadds Ford Life (Spring/Summer 2016, pp. 76-80), p. 79.
In the below images, I was at about 9 1/2 months into the project. The two pieces of the cat (front and back) were taped together so that the figure could sit upright. Also, Tigger-Tiger’s ears had been added, so my friends would stop saying “she’s a bit creepy looking”!
The below images carry you back in time… Most recent are views that were shot when I had been working on the sculpture for about 6 1/2 months.
Next are images portraying what was completed at about 4 1/2 months into the project.
Finally, and lowest on this page, you can view an earlier stage of this work (about 2 months into the project).