Scented acrylic on colored card.
Property of the Megan Williams Feline Trust, Boughton under Blean, UK.
71 x 48cm.
Rumage, an eight-year-old
tortoise-shell, will only paint when another image is placed next to
her canvas. It is difficult to ascertain whether she means her image
to compete with the first one (perhaps in some territorial way), or
whether her painting is simply an extrapolation of its inherent message
as she sees it. Then again, as Rumage's images bear little if any relationship
to the first, they could conceivably be entirely original perceptions
which draw, in only the most oblique manner, from the initial stimulus
of the accompanying artwork.
"...like many contemporary
feline artists, Rumage draws from a wide range of sources, in this case
early Yugoslavian folk art, Renaissance painting, Australian bark scratchings
and Van Gogh. Such eclecticism can lead to creative drifting, but Rumage's
vision is securely anchored by her steadfast fascination in the interchangeability
of small rodent body parts which figure prominantly in all her work
as metaphores for the novelty and excitement of new relationships."
Peter Williams, exhibition catalog, London, 1994.
Cat Owner's comments:
"Rumage is particularly fond of Van Gogh's paintings which could have
something to do with an empathetic reaction on her part to the swirling
fur-like nature of Van Gogh's brush strokes. On the other hand I've
often thought that Van Gogh's cypresses are very much like cats' tails
and cats do signal with their tails, so perhaps her painting is like
some kind of return tail signal." Mrs J. Taylor
Sent In By: Mrs Jo
Taylor of Cantebury, UK.
As this work bears only indirect reference to Van Gogh's study of a
Cypress which it was painted next to, it cannot be down-graded as a
Copy Cat Work, and should therefore fetch around $7,000 to $10,000 (MONPA).