Rorschach Tests

I wanted to make art for animals. In order to make art for animals, I needed to know what kind of art animals would like. In order to know what kind of art animals would like, I needed to understand what it’s like to be an animal–what it’s like to see and hear and think and feel and behave like an animal. Thus, a series called Sketches for Art for Animals.

The Rorschach Tests were made before the Sketches for Art for Animals series, but retroactively became part of it later on.

I took a picture of my cat, Rory (short for Rorschach), thinking. I then tried to mimic Rory’s facial expression as closely as possible, with the hope that this outer correspondence might create a parallel congruence to Rory’s inner self, and thus determine what it was exactly that Rory was thinking about in the first place.

The idea for this comes from a short story by Edgar Allen Poe called “The Purloined Letter,” where a boy became champion of his schoolyard marbles game by mimicking the expressions of his schoolmates, thereby learning their strategies.

There are four Rorschach Tests, labeled A, B, C, and D. They were printed at a large scale, with my head being larger than life. Each photo was framed on its own, and the explanation/caption was also framed on its own below. These are digital mock-ups of the prints.

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