"The Cat's Cradle"

Critic opinion

"The Cat's Cradle"

The picture is not simple here: the fine-spun threads of engobe surrounded the queen cat, entrapped it with a cradle “net”. But the cat will pull through, because this in only a children’s game, the Cat’s Craddle. 

The mandatory element of this game – hands, wrapping a loop of string – is invisible. The artist captured the moment when the game is over and the nature of the drawing can be seen.

The avant-garde space of the whole composition is saturated with author’s preludes. Black engobe seems to have got into its own network, the network of colors, and obtained a picturesque grey reflection. Red and blue engobe was smelted into it with acute lines, which the sculptor loves so much.

 Oleg Ostrovskiy