SHE-CAT IN A HAT.
Hat Society. Gold Series. 2016
100% wool, 24 Karat Gold, distressed, antique Gold stain.
12x13. Copyright Natasha Kertes 2016.
Inspired by “PUSS IN BOOTS” European fairy tale, “SHE-CAT IN A HAT” is a parody interpretation of a feline Female nature, just as in a literary fairy tale version about a cat, which uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the marriage.
A pussy/cat in Byzantine Greek κάττα, Portuguese and Spanish gato, French chat, German Katze, Lithuanian katė, and Slavic kotka, Russian Kot/Kiska. The ultimate source of the word is Afro-Asiatic, presumably from Egyptian čaute. An alternative word with cognates in many languages is English 'puss' ('pussycat'). Attested only from the 16th century, it may have been introduced from Dutch poes or from German puuskatte, Norwegian pus, pusekatt. The etymology of this word is unknown, but it may have simply arisen from a sound used to attract a cat.
Cats are digitigrades; they walk directly on their toes, just like Women in high shoes. Cats, like women use many vocalizations for communication, including purring, trilling, hissing, growling/snarling, grunting, and several different forms of meowing.
In ancient Egypt, cats were sacred animals, with the goddess Bastet often depicted in cat form. Freyja, the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility in Norse mythology, is depicted as riding a chariot drawn by cats.
Morality is of little concern in these tales, but rather, an assurance is provided that one can survive and succeed in life. Puss has been viewed as a "linguistic virtuoso", a creature who has mastered the arts of persuasion and rhetoric to acquire power and wealth. Pussy rules.
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