Classic art gets a face-lift and a huge dose of humor with the help of Photoshop and a big, twenty-two pound ginger cat in Fat Cat Art. This book collects selections from the popular website of the same name. Photoshopping a cat into works of art sounds gimmicky, but Svetlana Petrova and her cat muse, Zarathustra, make this combination work, and there is nothing gimmicky or amateurish about it.
With some books, readers can just dive in and flip around. With this book, it pays off to read Petrova’s introduction and understand her process to better appreciate the work. She writes with a distinct voice and speaks eloquently and succinctly about the popularity of cats in pop culture and how her Fat Cat Art taps into that but is also something more. The process gets technical but is fascinating with photographing her cat in the pose she wants to insert into an art piece and then the careful process to fit the cat in.
|Fat Cat Art's version of da Vinci's Mona Lisa|
|Fat Cat Art's version of Dali's The Persistence of Memory, or The Persistence of Meowmory|
Review by Tracy V.